The project Together in action for mother and child health aims to contribute to the reduction of maternal and new-born mortality and of the malnutrition rate among mothers and young children in remote villages in Laos. The project is supported by the Dutch AFAS Foundation. After the project CANTEEN has finished last year, this is the second collaboration of the AFAS Foundation and MCNV.

In August 2022, MCNV Laos and partners started the process of setting up village health workers in ten target villages in Nong district. The district health office selected a total of 39 village health workers from the 10 target villages using the health sector criteria guideline. The selected candidates have related experience and skills and can speak and write in Lao language and above all have the support and trust from their fellow villagers.

Getting to the project villages took some combined effort