About The Parenting Community
Doctor Soulivanh PHOLSENA
Dr. Soulivanh PHOLSENA is currently holding the official position as Director of Foreign Relation at the Ministry of Health, the Lao PDR.
Dr. Soulivanh completed his medical and surgical training at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He is board certified in internal medicine. He completed his Master of Public Health at the National Institute of Public Health in Tokyo, Japan and also obtained the Master of Management Science with Healthcare Management Emphasis.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Soulivanh held various positions at the Ministry of Health such as the chief of health policy and planning officer (2006-2009) and the secretary to the Minister of Health (2010-2015). In 2016, he was elected to be the Chair of ASEAN joint coordinating committee on medical practitioners.
Dr. Soulivanh is also active medical practitioner and is currently the chief of physician at the Lao Medical Care Clinic (LMC). His areas of interest include cardiovascular medicine, diabetes care and preventive medicine.
Nurse Sarah Joy Y Logrunio
Nurse Sarah is from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, the Philippines, where she studied at the University of Saint La Salle and gained a Bachelor of Science in NURSING in 2012. In 2013 Sarah became a licensed nurse, certified medical transcriber and certified Basic Life support provider and went onto gain 2 years of experience working as a pediatric/medical nurse in Don Salvador Benedicto Memorial Hospital, La Carlota City, Neg. Occ.
Nurse Sarah moved to Laos in 2016 and worked as a kindergarten teacher in Eastern Star International School, Vientiane and in 2017 took up a school nurse position at Panyathip Kindergarten, Vientiane.
She is a friendly and approachable person with a good sense of humour and great command of the English language as well as 3 Filipino dialects.
Mr. Zain Iqbal, Project Manager, (First Aid & Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor)
Mr. Zain IQBAL is Project Manager for Japan Heart Laos; responsible for the health care activities of Japan Heart within Laos.
Zain has completed training with the Japan BLS Association; and gained an American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider License and Japan BLS Association Instructor License.
He is accomplished in organising and instructing BLS and First Aid training. As a part of Japan Heart’s objective to deliver health care and safety awareness training, Mr. Iqbal has created and delivered more than 100 workshops, training over 1000 participants, including medical hospital staff, school and university students, construction workers, corporate employees and more.
Japan Heart is an international non-governmental organisation established by paediatric surgeon, Dr. Hideto YOSHIOKA, in 2004. His grand mission was to ‘deliver medical care for those who have difficulties in accessing medical services due to geographical, infrastructural, financial, and/or other reasons’, Japan Heart first offered medical treatment at the Wachet Charity Hospital in Myanmar then expanded its activities to Cambodia in 2008.
Japan Heart first came to Laos in 2012 for preliminary research, and started its medical project by concluding a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lao Ministry of Health in 2013. Most of the medical activities have been achieved with active participation of medical volunteers from Japan. With their generous support, more than 700 surgeries have been successfully completed with local hospitals in PakNgum District in Vientiane, Oudomxay and Phongsaly.
In addition to medical activities, Japan Heart has also provided more than 100 Basic Life Support and First Aid training for students and medical staff in Laos, with aims of promoting safety awareness as well as improving knowledge and technical skills for safety and unexpected accidents.
Here is the members of Japan Heart Laos:
- Project Director: Ms Akiko MATSUURA
- BSL/ First Aid Instructor: Mr Zain IQBAL
- Medical Project Manager/ Nurse: Ms Takako KOSABA
- Field Coordinator: Mr Ongthao SOUAXAI
- Administrator: Ms Pardthana VONGPHACHAN
- Interpreter/ Translator: Mr Xuelor CHAYER
- Driver: Mr Bounnam KHAMSONH
- Volunteer Nurse: Ms Ai NAGAO
- Intern: Mr. Yoshiaki OTA
Ulla Rasmussen, Clinical Dietitian
Ulla Bahne Rasmussen is from Denmark, has 2 daughters aged 23 and 25 years old and recently moved to live in Vientiane in October 2017.
Ulla gained a Bachelors degree in Clinical dietetics with Danish authorization at CVU University College Sj and is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition with the University of Copenhagen, writing her Master Thesis at Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane.
During her 10 year career as a clinical dietician Ulla has worked with Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm (Sweden), Lidingoe, Glostrup Hospital in Copenhagen and Danisk Heart Association in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ulla is highly skilled in languages being fluent in Danish, Swedish, English and German and is starting to learn Lao. She thoroughly enjoys a healthy lifestyle of which physical activity is a big part and is a regular runner. Other interests include skiing, travel, reading and social activities with family and friends.
Graham Rawlinson, Educational Psychologist
Graham Ernest Rawlinson from London, England is an Educational Psychologist with 13 years experience as an educational psychologist in the UK and Australia and has also worked in Hong Kong and Nepal.
Graham gained an Honorary Degree in Pshychology at Sheffield University, a PhD in Psychology at Nottingham University where he continued to study for his M.A. Masters degree in Child and Educational Psychology.
In addition to being an educational psychologist Graham was Director of Enterprise for the University of Surrey, working to develop teaching activities for students personal skill development, including creativity, rational thinking and self managed learning.
Graham is a sociable person who enjoys meeting new people and journeying around the world.
Clara Barilani, Clinical Psychologist
Clara Barilani is from Italy and has spent over 15 years living and working abroad. Since 2013 Clara has lived in Laos with her family and works as a psychologist at the French Clinic.
Having graduated in Italy as a Clinical Psychologist Clara proceeded to gain a Masters Degree in Psychological Child Protection. In France she specialised in Systemic Approach & Family Therapy and is currently completing EMDR training (Eyes, Movement, Desensibilisation & Reprocessing, a therapy used for trauma).
She is interested in intercultural psychology and anthropology, and has worked as an adviser and trainer for international non-governmental organisations on projects related to mental health, gender, child protection and psychosocial support.
Our aim is to provide parental advice and information relevant to parents living in Laos and available in both Lao and English.
We have brought together a highly skilled team of experts including doctors, nurses, nutritionist, psychologists and medical aid project managers to share their knowledge through writing articles and providing workshops. The age group we are targeting is children from 1 – 6 years old however much of the advise provided is applicable for all ages.
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The Parenting Community workshops provide a fun and safe environment for parents and children to enjoy and gain knowledge. Designed to deliver up to date information to parents and encourage parent and child interaction the workshops may consist of:
Children play, parents learn
Parents are welcome to bring their children to enjoy our sand and water play area under the safe and friendly supervision of our teachers, leaving parents free to partake in informational workshops based on one or several of our key topic areas: health, behaviour, learning or play. This may be a seminar provided by a doctor or specialist, an open question and answer session with a panel of experts, or perhaps a practical learning session.
Break and talk time
Most parents have similar questions and concerns when it comes to raising their child, but parents can sometimes feel a little isolated. Break time is time for parents to take in some refreshments and talk with our experts and one another, sharing ideas, stories and more…
Parent and child together time
Sharing time with your child is so special and crucial to a child’s development. Some workshops will have time dedicated to parent and child or children interaction. Activities will vary from one workshop to another, it could be parents put into practice techniques they just learnt. Alternatively we may create play activities that encourage learning, a physical activity such as parent and child Yoga or Zumba or it could simply be fun time playing games.