People's Democratic Republic of Laos

The National Institute of Public Health


The National Institute of Public Health (NIOPH) was established in 1999 by merging the research activities of the Council of Medical Sciences with the training activities of the School of Public Health. It now acts as a national focal point for health research and training activities in Lao PDR. Today NIOPH is a national and international renowned institute for research and training. It is a technical organization of the Ministry of Health, which serves as a focal point for promoting, supporting, consulting, advising, coordinating and implementing health-related research activities, health policy and health legislation with a vision of achieving significant improvements in people's health and health systems. NIOPH collaborates with more than 20 leading institutions around the world and is implementing both research and public health intervention projects covering the area of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), non-communicable diseases, health financing, mother and child health and nutrition. Data obtained from these projects has significantly contributed to the adaptation and development of national health policies and strategies (e.g. control of NTDs, malnutrition, law for alcohol consumption and law for tobacco consumption).

Role in the project

NIOPH performs the activities out lined in work package 1.


Team members

FLTR: Pern, Somphou, Boundai, Somphane, Songdao, Chansouk, Johnny, Ketmany, Noy, Manisak, Sida and Joe.

Main publications linked to the project

  • Soukhathammavong PA et al., 2012. Low efficacy of single-dose albendazole and mebendazole against hookworm and effect on concomitant helminth infection in Lao PDR. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 6:e1417.
  • Sayasone S et al., 2016. Efficacy and safety of tribendimidine against Opisthorchis viverrini: two randomised, parallel-group, single-blind, dose-ranging, phase 2 trials. Lancet Infect Dis 16:1145-1153.
  • Sayasone S et al., 2015. Multiparasitism and intensity of helminth infections in relation to symptoms and nutritional status among children: a cross-sectional study in southern Lao People's Democratic Republic. Acta Trop 141:322-31.
  • Sayasone S et al., 2015. Repeated stool sampling and use of multiple techniques enhance the sensitivity of helminth diagnosis: a cross-sectional survey in southern Lao People's Democratic Republic. Acta Trop 141:315-321.


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Somphou Sayasone

The National Institute of Public Health

Samsenthai Road

Vientiane Capital


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