Ten organisations have signed new 12-month collaboration agreements to respond to the pandemic in ten provinces as part of civil society’s continuous help to the Lao government’s Covid-19 response.

These ten civil society programmes will serve 140,000 people in 109 villages throughout 19 districts, offering financial aid to those affected by Covid-19 as well as Covid prevention assistance to 63 schools, 17 health centres, and 15 marketplaces.

Plan International and the “Civil Society Action to Prevent and Mitigate Covid-19” (CiSAC) project inked a 12-month collaboration agreement in Laos on Tuesday to undertake steps under the “Civil Society Action to Prevent and Mitigate Covid-19” (CiSAC) project. This will improve the global response to the Covid-19 outbreak in the long run.

The European Union (EU) is funding the project as part of Laos’ Covid-19 response.

To tackle Covid-19, each civil society organisation will get roughly 310 million kip from a total of 3.1 billion kip over the next 12 months.

After distributing 20 prizes to 20 organisations as part of the CiSAC project, which will operate across ten provinces through August 2023 with EU financing, this is the third phase of funding.

The work of civil society organisations will improve community readiness and response to Covid-19, as well as alleviate the severe health and livelihood impacts of the worldwide pandemic.

The CiSAC project has helped 20 organisations in ten provinces conduct out over 480 programmes, reaching over 60,000 people and restricting the spread of Covid-19 in Laos.

The Sustainable Agriculture and Environment for Development Association (SAEDA) and the Community Health and Inclusion Association (CHIAS), as well as Plan International, are leading the project, which is being carried out in partnership with the Lao Civil Society Coordination Network.

Those who have been harmed by Covid-19 will receive help from the organisations in regaining their livelihoods during the next year.

The CISAC effort was funded by the EU’s Team Europe response to Covid-19. Its objective is to assist the Laotian government in mitigating the pandemic’s health, social, and economic effects, as well as to strengthen civil society partnerships.

This project’s financing is mostly for civil society organisations.

The EU has also created a financial aid programme with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to boost the government’s swift response to Covid-19.

This is a global effort, and the EU declared that it is eager to collaborate with the Lao government and civil society to reduce the disease’s severe consequences, including health and livelihood implications.

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