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Administration official discusses Lower Mekong Initiative

At an event titled “U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong” sponsored by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, provided remarks on U.S. engagement with countries in the Lower Mekong sub-region – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar –through the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI). Assistant Secretary Russel highlighted the six LMI pillars – health, education, connectivity, food and agricultural security, energy security, and water and the environment – and, in reference to the health pillar, stated that the U.S. is “working with LMI countries on a number of important issues, including: building capacity and coordination in responding to diseases like malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, and preventing and controlling counterfeit and substandard medications.”

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