Forty years after the end of the United States’ Secret War in Laos, the Seattle-based non-profit Health Leadership International (HLI) will host four Lao medical dignitaries during a week-long “Study Tour” funded by U.S. State Department Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (DOS/WRA). The dignitaries—Dr. Somchanh Xaysida, Dr. Sichanh Himpaphanh, Dr. Virak Vidalay, and Dr. Molina Choummanivong—have been co-faculty and mentors to HLI’s volunteer professionals who have built HLI’s bi-lingual medical curriculum in ultrasound, primary care (with a focus on emergency care), midwifery, medical leadership and medical English.
The Lao Medical “Study Tour,” which will take place June 8 to June 12, is part of HLI’s mission to build bridges of understanding and a legacy of health instead of a legacy of war. As part of the “Study Tour,” HLI and the Lao Heritage Foundation are hosting a Lao Dignitary Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Foundry by Herban Feast on June 9 to honor the joint U.S. and Lao PDR partnership in building a legacy of health on this 40th year anniversary of the Laotian diaspora.
HLI is a Seattle-based, 501c3 non-profit committed to sustainable educational solutions that address the global healthcare disparity.
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