Doctor Lamany Lorvanxay is the Head of Saleuy Health Center, in Sam Neua district, Huaphanh Province. Her team provides Maternal and Child Health Care, including immunization, and prevention and treatment of malnutrition. She is one of the 19 health workers from Sam Neua who were recently trained on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices thanks to the 1 000 Days Project funded by MMG through UNICEF Australia, which is part of a larger umbrella initiative, the Partnership for Improved Nutrition (PIN), to which the European Union and UNICEF contribute substantially.
This training has allowed Lamany to better perform her daily duties, including carrying out interpersonal communication activities. "Working with ethnic minority groups is challenging because we speak different languages. Their education level is also an issue and this makes communication difficult. However, we have seen positive trends and I can say that these groups are more supportive now than before," she explains.
Reaching those in hard-to-reach areas is not always easy, but Lamany is driven by her desire to improve people's lives. "It is an honour for me to help others. I don’t want to see children suffering from malnutrition and I believe I can make a difference by promoting positive behaviours and providing counselling".