Institut Pasteur du Laos
Institut Pasteur du Laos (IPL) is a Lao National Institution created by Prime Ministerial Decree in November 2007.
The IPL is the result of a long term and joint decision between Lao Ministry of Health and Institut Pasteur Paris which commits to stay 28 years before retroceding the full management of IPL.
The IPL has a mandate from Lao Ministry of Health to fulfil activities of public service : 1. Research and diagnostics on emerging infectious diseases and vector borne diseases. 2. Training, education and capacity building. 3. Technical assistance to National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology for investigation of epidemics.
The Institute benefits from a large degree of autonomy (legal, scientific, management, financial) and as such can be considered as a new model of Lao public institution.
The IPL operations started in December 2011 with 4 laboratories:
- Arbovirus and emerging viral diseases,
- Vaccine preventable and infectious diseases,
- Medical entomology and
Among the facilities, there is a BSL3+ and a dedicated Training Center for hands-on laboratory training and biosecurity enhancement
Sustainability relies on research grants, international donors and philanthropy, services, as well as through a foundation (“Fondation Institut Pasteur du Laos”) created in 2018 and embedded in Fondation de France.
For more information, visit the Institut Pasteur du Laos official website.