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' health challenges include a limited ability to monitor and respond to infectious disease outbreaks, limited coverage for maternal and child health, and an overstretched health care workforce. Major environmental challenges include 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.
Throughout Laos, USAID-funded support projects assist the Lao people in raising their quality of life, protecting natural resources, and modernizing the economy in a sustainable manner.
Last updated: May 10, 2013