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EU, Luxembourg grant nearly 1.45 mn euros to strengthen Lao national nutrition strategy

More than 33,400 people in 46 target villages in the provinces of Vientiane, Borikhamxay and Xieng Khuang are expected to benefit from the strengthening of the Lao National Nutrition Strategy with funding from the European Union (EU), Caritas and the Government of Luxembourg.
The project will implement nutrition-related activities until March 2024 in selected areas such as Thoulakhom district of Vientiane province, Xaychamphon district of Borikhamxay province, and Phaxay district in Xieng Khuang province.


The objectives of the project include strengthening the capacity of local partners to contribute to Laos’ nutrition strategy, establishing a sustainable nutrition information management and supply chain (NIMSC), and creating links between local, national and other sectors for policy dialogue and advocacy.
The direct beneficiaries are 33,426 people in target villages, while 690 poor households will receive free water filters. A further 138 filters will be installed at demonstration sites within target areas and more people will benefits from the project directly and indirectly.
The implementing partners include the Association of Rural Mobilization and Improvement (ARMI) and four Provincial Lao Civil Societies Organisations (PLCSOs) selected through a sub-grant proposal.
The four PLCSOs are the Quality of Life Association that works in Xaychamphon district, the Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS that works in Xaychamphon district, the Gender Development Association which works in Thoulakhom district, and the Association for the Preservation of Environment and Development of Community that works in Phaxay district.
The project team will work in coordination with local governmental partners and project stakeholders.
Of the total budget approved by the donors, the EU provided 1,000,000 euros (69.11 percent), while Caritas and the Government of Luxembourg contributed 447,000 euros (30.89 percent).
The total budget for community activities identified in the MOU excludes administration and human resource costs of Caritas Lux and the cost of training project staff, including those of the PLCSOs. This equals 880,667 euros, of which the EU provided 608,629 euros (69.11 percent) and Caritas and the Government of Luxembourg contributed 272,038 euros (30.89 percent).
Caritas Luxembourg has worked in Xieng Khuang province since 2010, primarily in rural development, before expanding to the province of Vientiane and Borikhamxay in 2018.
There are four projects being implemented in the fields of health and nutrition, nutrition governance, agriculture and strengthening livelihoods, and disaster risk reduction.
The main donors of Caritas are the governments of Luxembourg, LuxDev, and the EU.

By Times Reporters
 (Latest Update December 30, 2021)

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