Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world with an infant mortality rate that is shockingly high, LearnToLive first went on a scout trip to Laos in November of 2012. A year later, LearnToLive has developed a partnership with the well established global NGO ADRA. LearnToLive has developed a program focused on maternal child health in the region of Mok Mai, where ADRA has a long standing presence. Infant mortality and childhood malnutrition are high in this area, and by combining ADRA’s infrastructure along with LTL’s expertise we are looking to substantially reduce the rates of childhood deaths and improve overall maternal childhood health in the area. Mok Mai is a very isolated and impoverished district near the Vietnamese border, most of the villagers lack primary education and have access to only very basic health care. ADRA has done work there expanding access to clean water and sanitation, and now we are working together on maternal child health care and education. Our founder Yanti Turang and Dr. Rocky Mollere have developed a two tier program that focuses on educating young women about health and increasing the knowledge of the already present Traditional Birth Attendees.
LTL is working in conjunction with ADRA to expand their reach and promote hopes to reduce the high incidence of infant mortality in the region.
In January of 2014 LTL will be bringing a highly skilled team from the USA and Australia to the Mok Mai region to work for two weeks. During this time LTL will be working alongside Laotian health care workers to implement the program, and help to have a sustainable impact. We are looking to use this initial trip as a pilot program that we can eventually spread to all the villages in the Mok Mai region, and to create a system that can be replicated all over Laos. LearnToLive is thrilled to be partnering with ADRA and helping the people of Laos.