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  • In Laos, USAID helps reduce child nutritional stunting and improve household nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

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  • Veterinary officials in Laos conduct regular surveillance to rein in pandemic threats.

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Villagers in Nakhayom applaud at an event to distribute long-lasting, insecticide treated nets.
Bednets Dramatically Reduce Malaria Cases in Laos
President Obama Speaks to the People of Laos
President Obama Speaks to the People of Laos

About Laos

Laos sits at the heart of mainland Southeast Asia, bordering Burma, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam. As it seeks to play a more prominent role in global affairs, including in ASEAN, Laos faces significant challenges stemming from its low-skilled workforce and economic vulnerability. The United States partners with Laos to support informed decision-making that leverages its youthful population and contributes to a rules-based, resilient Indo-Pacific.

USAID partners with Laos to advance economic reforms, strengthen the rule of law, and improve health and education outcomes for the people of Laos – all of which help build Laos’ self-reliance while elevating its role on the global stage.

Laos is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Despite steady economic growth, development challenges stifle progress. USAID partners with the Government of Laos, civil society and an emerging private sector to drive sustainable development in economic growth, the rule of law, health and education.

Last updated: June 20, 2019

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Contact Information

Mission Contact

Alexandria Huerta, Laos Office Director
Ban Somvang Tai, Kilometer 9
Thadeua Road
Vientiane Capital
+85621 487000

USAID Contact

Melissa Kennison, Regional Desk Officer, Regional Development Mission for Asia
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
, DC