A health worker disinfects a motorcycle at a checkpoint during an avian influenza simulation exercise in Savanaket.
Dynamic social and economic changes in Laos during the past decade have created openings for targeted assistance from the United States. Throughout Laos, USAID assists the Lao people in raising their quality of life, protecting natural resources, and modernizing the economy in a sustainable manner.
Laos faces many challenges in health, including limited ability to monitor and respond to infectious disease outbreaks, limited coverage for maternal and child health, and an overstretched health care workforce. Laos also faces major environmental challenges, such as expanded commercial exploitation of forests, plans for additional hydroelectric facilities, foreign demand for wild animals, and an expanding population. The country’s economy remains dependent on external demand, particularly in mining, hydropower and forestry.
In Laos, USAID oversees a blended portfolio of both bilateral and regional programs addressing critical needs in the health, environment, and economic development sectors. Laos’ growing regional importance is reflected by its location—bordering China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand—its membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and its position on the Mekong River. Throughout Laos, USAID funds support projects to assist Lao people to raise their quality of life, protect natural resources, and modernize the economy in a sustainable manner.
Last updated: January 12, 2015