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Save the Children has a strong reputation as one of the leading health and child rights organisations in Laos.
Over the past 24 years, we’ve helped more children survive past five years old, provided remote villages with access to healthcare and led the way on changing people’s behaviour towards children. We also work hard to give every child in Laos access to quality education, and help communities increase their resilience to disasters.
Why we work in Laos
Laos’ health status remains one of the lowest in the Western Pacific Region. Inadequate health infrastructure and inaccessible terrain in the poorest parts of the country make it very difficult for children and their families to access quality healthcare.
Inasufficient sanitation and water supplies, malnutrition and a lack of good hygiene habits promote the spread of diseases in Laos and also put children’s lives at risk.
Another critical issue is the widening gap between rich and poor, women and men, ethnic groups and people from different regions.
Saving lives in Laos
Our health programs in Laos have significantly lowered infant, child and maternal deaths in Laos. In fact, all of the districts where our health programs operate have exceeded their Millennium Development Goals, making survival rates for mothers and their children the best in the country.
We’ve trained hundreds of health workers, provided vital equipment for health centres and run almost 500 mobile health clinics. In 2013 alone, we helped to educate more than 5,400 parents, families and teachers about child protection issues with the aim of creating more positive behaviour.
Protecting children in Laos
Through our five-year child protection program in Laos we have established community networks to ensure children at risk of abuse have access to the help they need. We also provide ongoing support and training to government officials and community leaders to make sure they can identify and act on child protection issues.