Outgoing UNICEF Country Representative awarded Friendship Medal

(KPL) The government of Laos has awarded the Friendship Medal to the outgoing UNICEF Representative to the Lao PDR Octavian Bivol in recognition of his three years of contribution to promoting the socio-economic development in the country.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongphane Savanphet on behalf of the government of the Lao PDR presented the medal to Mr Octavian Bivol on Tuesday when the latter was paying a farewell visit to the host.

Mr Octavian Bivol has served as UNICEF Representative in Laos since the end of 2017. He has contributed to development in various areas including child-related development, healthcare services, disease prevention, child nutrition, the improvement of access to safe water and education in remote areas, and post disaster rehabilitation.

On this occasion, Mr. Ottawa Bivol expressed thanks to the Lao Government for providing him good cooperation thus helping him fulfill his duties in Laos.

Currently, UNICEF is implementing the Development Cooperation Programme in the Lao PDR for the period of 2017-2021, focusing on maternal and child health and nutrition, water and sanitation education, child protection.

Source: Lao News Agency

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