On the 2nd March 2017, Prof Paul Newton, Director of LOWMRU, Professor Nicholas Day, Director of the MORU Network, Assoc. Professor Mayfong Mayxay, Head of LOMWRU Field Research & Mrs Viengmon Davong, Deputy Director of the Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital presented to His Excellency Professor Dr Bounkong Syhavong, Minister of Health, Lao PDR, LOWMRU’s Scientific Annual Report for 2016 and discussed its findings.
Founded in 2000 and embedded in the Microbiology Laboratory of Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane, LOMWRU is a clinical research unit of the MORU Tropical Network. Its main current research focus is on the causes and epidemiology of fevers, their antimicrobial resistance patterns, optimal diagnosis and optimum treatment and the quality of medicines globally.
The LOMWRU 2016 Report’s main findings included several studies demonstrating that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is, as elsewhere in the world, increasingly a cause of significant concern for Lao public health. In addition, the Report discussed, among others:
Funded primarily by the Wellcome Trust (UK), LOMWRU supports Mahosot Hospital’s infectious disease diagnostic services, assists provincial hospitals in Luang Nam Tha, Salavan and Xieng Khouang Provinces, performs clinical research and builds diagnostic and research human capacity through training and active participation.
LOMWRU also works with the Centre for Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology on malaria projects in Sekong and Savannakhet Provinces, with the Food and Drug Department (FDD) on the quality of medicines and with the MoH CDC on antibiotic resistance.
To download a copy of LOMWRU’s 2016 Report, click here.