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Swiss Red Cross (SRC)

Strengthening Community Health in Luang Prabang and Oudomxay

Last updated:2014-05-08 14:45:26

The present phase of the project addresses the causes of poverty and vulnerability with the overall goal to contribute to reduce the vulnerability of the population of Luang Prabang and Oudomxay Provinces to health, hygiene and disaster risks. During the four years of project implementation, the project will serve approx. 5.760 households in 56 villages and aims at achieving the following objectives:

All target villages in the Provinces of Luang Prabang and Oudomxay will have access to water and sanitation through the construction and/or repair of water systems as well as culturally appropriate latrines. The hardware intervention will be complemented by Hygiene Education which will involve key people such as Village leaders, Village Health Committees, Teachers, and Volunteers who will motivate and support the target group to shift from harmful to healthy sanitary behaviour. Each village will also elect its Village Health Committee (VHC) which will be in charge of technical and financial maintenance of the Water Systems.

To address the recommendations provided in the evaluation the following measures will be taken:

Improved technical maintenance of the Water Systems: Training will be increased in each village on community-managed GFWS maintenance. It is foreseen to train villagers as GFWS technicians and to have them working along with the GFWS construction team which will allow for practical, hands-on training as well for thorough knowledge of the village water system.

Financial sustainability: In terms of enhancing financial sustainability through the maintenance fund one has to acknowledge that economic sustainability is one of the most difficult to achieve as the target population is very poor. However, the project staff will put great emphasis on educating the target population on the importance of having reserve funds to cover future maintenance costs.

Hygiene Education: In light of the recent “revival” of the Village Health Volunteers who are supported by the Government the role of the Red Cross Volunteer will have to be assessed. Furthermore, the IEC Materials will be improved and language barriers will have to be considered and addressed by using material in ethnic language (when available) as well as by hiring translators to facilitate communication. It will also have to be assessed to what extend sessions should be restructured to engage different age and gender groups.

It is anticipated that change in health behaviour patterns will positively influence their physical resilience of the target villagers in respect to falling sick and/or recovering from illness.

The Health Equity Fund in Luang Prabang Province was established in 2003 in Nambak District and in 2011 in Viengkham District and will continue to be financed as it enables access to health care for the poorest population in these districts. It provides free treatment at health centres, district hospitals or the Provincial Hospital and covers the cost of transport, food and other necessities whilst a person is hospitalised. In addition to this, the project supports health activities that especially focus on the poor and vulnerable population. Such activities comprise for example of the distribution of Vitamins A for children or additional mobile rounds to far off villages. With the introduction of an MCH Package, all women have access to birth related services as well as additional support.

Disaster Risk Reduction activities will be implemented in a total of 24 villages in both Provinces. The project will work with village leaders and Village Health Committees to build their capacity and to enhance individual and community ownership, commitment and concerted actions in disaster mitigation, including resource mobilization to produce a range of appropriate, innovative and doable mitigation solutions which are cost-effective and sustainable. Developed action plans and early warning systems will be field-tested and practical exercises will be conducted to translate theoretical knowledge into action. In addition, at least one risk reduction action will be implemented in each target village per year. Through this intervention the resilience of the villages will be strengthened which will enable the target population to absorb shocks and to rebuild their lives and their community so that the community remains on the same functioning state without significant decline in the crucial functions in relation to primary productivity and economic prosperity. 

So far, the LRC had limited capacity to respond to disasters in a timely and adequate way. Since it is the core of the Red Cross Movement to provide support in emergency situations the LRC emergency response capacity at Luang Prabang and Oudomxay Branch level shall be strengthened to allow the LRC to be prepared to provide appropriate relief to affected communities to mitigate suffering within 1 – 5 days from the time of the disaster.

The LRC has been the main partner of the SRC for project implementation for many years. Through all these years the capacity of the LRC Branches in Luang Prabang and Oudomxay was continuously built in the area of financial and managerial management. To strengthen and further develop the capacity of the local partner and to address the recommendations of the evaluation the project aims to focus its support especially in the areas of project management (project implementation, M&E and reporting), financial stability as well as financial management, coordination with other stakeholders and establishment of a decentralised management system at district level. To achieve these objectives a Technical Advisor will be hired on a full-time basis for at least two years which is expected to further enhance the managerial and organisational capacity of the two branches of Luang Prabang and Oudomxay.

Results 2010-2013

Project Start Date Project End Date Current Project Phase Current Phase Start Current Phase End Project Operational Budget
Jan 1st 2004 Dec 31st 2016 Jan 1st 2013 Dec 31st 2016 375000

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Provinces and districts of project activity:

Provinces Districts
Luang Prabang Province - Chomphet - Nambakh - Nan - Pak Ou - Pak Xeng - Phonxay - Phoukhoune - Viengkham - Xieng Ngeun
Oudomxay Province - Beng - Hoon - La - Namor - Nga - Pakbeng - Xay

Sectors and sub-sectors of project activity:

Sectors Sub-sectors
Community Development - Community Development Training - Construction & Physical Infrastructure - Governance Aid in CD Issues - Integrated Rural Development - Integrated Urban Development - Rural Community Development - Urban Community Development
Emergency and Humanitarian Relief - Emergency Relief - Social Welfare
Health Care - Blood Donor Programs - Disability, Rehabilitation & Victim Assistance - Emergency / First Aid - Family Planning & Reproductive Health - Health Education & Training - Primary Health Care - Public Health Campaigns - STD / HIV / AIDS - Water Supply & Sanitation
Human Resources Development - Capacity Building - Management Training - Technical Training
Income Generation & Economic Development - Governance Aid in Economic Development - Handicrafts - Income Generation Activity - Revolving Funds - Small & Medium Business Development
Social Development - Marginalized Groups in Society

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