Human resource capacity building for child health in Laos PDR

Lead Researcher Email Number Webpage
Dr Amy Gray +61 3 9345 4977 View page

Project Details

The Centre for International Child Health (CICH), led by Dr Amy Gray, is working with the University of Health Science, Lao PDR and Laos Paediatricians to improve the quality of paediatric care in selected Laos hospitals, and medical education capacity and outcomes in the University of Health Science, Lao PDR.

In 2015 CICH researchers began a collaboration with Save the Children to implement an integrated approach for improving care for children in district hospitals in Luang Prabang province, combining available Laos resources and guidelines in a unified quality improvement-type approach.

Researchers continue to collaborate with Laos paediatricians, the World Health Organisation and the Laos Ministry of Health. Supporting the implementation of affordable oxygen systems in district hospitals, and the use of a computer-based hospital mortality reporting system.

More recently, researchers have implemented an Early Essential Newborn Care programme. Early Essential Newborn Care aims to improve newborn survival rates by improving quality of care during and immediately after a baby is born.

Hear from past Fellows about their experiences with the program. Dr Marianne Safe.


  • Dr Amy Gray


  • University of Health Science, Lao PDR
  • Lao PDR Ministry of Health
  • World Health Organisation


  • Planet Wheeler Foundation
  • Save the Children UK
  • World Health Organisation

Research Outcomes

  • Implementing WHO hospital guidelines improves quality of paediatric care in central hospitals in Lao PDR. Gray AZ, Soukaloun D, Soumphonphakdy B, Duke T. Trop Med Int Health. 2015 Apr;20(4):484-92

Research Group

Centre for International Child Health

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology, Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine

Key Contact

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Department / Centre


Unit / Centre

Centre for International Child Health