School of Population Health

Government honours Australian doctor

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The government awarded a Friendship Medal to Professor Arie Rotem from Australia yesterday in recognition of his contributions to the Lao health sector since 2008.

Prof. Rotem is a health expert working in the field of human resource development with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The ceremony in Vientiane was led by Minister of Health Prof. Dr Eksavang Vongvichit, who presented Prof Rotem the medal. It was witnessed by officials from governmental and non-governmental sectors.

Prof. Rotem played an important role in helping to improve human resource development in Laos' health sector. During his time in Laos he has worked extensively with the Ministry of Health, funded under an ADB programme.

His main duty was to develop and implement strategies on health personnel development within the University of Health Sciences, several health colleges, and provincial health schools aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning.

While working with the Ministry of Health, Prof. Rotem helped the Department of Organisation and Personnel and Department of Training and Research to develop a personnel capacity programme for 2011-2020. The strategy was approved by the Prime Minister in 2010.

In addition, Prof. Rotem also helped set up a budget plan and a five year health personnel development plan for the period from 2011-2015. He also collected information on health workers who have been trained in Laos and evaluated them for better placement within the sector.

He also drafted and advised in relation to the creation of quality standards for the University of Health Sciences. These included designing materials to inform teaching preparation.

Under Prof. Rotem's supervision, training seminars for teachers and administrators were developed and included teaching exchanges with other countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines. These were supported by the ADB, Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation, Japan International Cooperation Agency and the World Health Organization.

Prof. Rotem also worked as a teacher-trainer in Vientiane and the provinces.
 
By Xayxana Leukai

From Vientiane Times - 21 June 2013

 

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