In Laos, USAID helps reduce child nutritional stunting and improve household nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene practices.
Veterinary officials in Laos conduct regular surveillance to rein in pandemic threats.
A health worker disinfects a motorcycle at a checkpoint during an avian influenza simulation exercise in Savanaket.
As Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) looks to play a greater role with its neighbors – it borders Burma, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam – challenges remain in helping improve health and nutrition among women and children as well as ensuring that people with disabilities receive the quality care they need to contribute to the country’s future.
USAID works to reduce child stunting in targeted areas of Lao PDR and supports women, men, girls and boys with physical disabilities to gain free access to prosthetic, orthotics and physical therapy. We are also helping modernize the country’s economy, promote sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, and assist victims of unexploded ordnance. As expanded global connectivity further opens Lao PDR’s borders, USAID works to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases and pandemic threats.
According to a 2011 Lao government survey, 44 percent of children under five is stunted due to limited access to nutritious foods and sanitation. USAID programs in Lao PDR help to improve inclusive economic growth and trade and address key climate change, environmental and health and nutrition issues. USAID also promotes greater inclusion and engagement of people with disabilities by providing quality prosthetics and orthotics services and physical and occupational therapies.
Last updated: September 07, 2016