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War Victims Medical Fund (WVMF)

Country: Laos

Client(s): Department of State

Service: Capacity Building

Website: https://laos.worlded.org/projects/wvmf/


Between 1964 and 1973, more than 240 million cluster bomb sub-munitions were dropped in Laos; 80 million of these bombs failed to explode and continue to pose a hazard to civilians. Since 1964, approximately 20,000 people have been killed or wounded by unexploded ordnance (UXO), many of them in remote and rural areas. Medical treatment, physical rehabilitation, and mental health services are extremely limited throughout Laos, and poor communications and transport networks prevent survivors and their families from accessing services, which are concentrated in provincial capitals.

Since 1996, World Education has supported UXO survivors through administering the War Victims Medical Fund (WVMF), funded by the U.S. government. More than 1,000 UXO survivors have received support from the WVMF for their emergency and ongoing medical costs. Since July 2016, World Education operates the fund in partnership with the National Regulatory Authority, the government agency in charge of UXO issues.

The fund provides essential support to anyone injured by UXO nationwide, covering:

  • Immediate and ongoing medical care
  • Surgery costs
  • Dental services
  • Assistive devices
  • Transportation within Laos
  • Accommodation during hospital stay
  • Food allowance during hospital stay (including two family members)
  • Contribution toward a religious ceremony or funeral