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Country Profile - Lao PDR

Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is a Southeast Asian country, which shares a border with China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. It has a population of 6.8 million and a life expectancy at birth of 65 years (males) and 68 years (females). The national health indicators of the Lao PDR have been improving steadily over the past three decades. Lao PDR is ending its 7th National Health Sector Development Plan (NHSDP), while also preparing for the next. In the past five years, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has made significant progress in strengthening the country’s health system with the development partners (DPs). At the urban level this has been successful, but there is still much work to be done to have these effects trickle down to the rural area where there is poor accessibility and out of pocket payments account for over 60% of healthcare expenditure. You can access important documents here.

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Reports on Road Map Activities

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • Visibility

  • Launch of Partnership Programme (2015)
  • 100%
  • Media, Pamphlets, Posters
  • 100%

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • ER1 : Countries will have prepared/developed/updated/adapted their NHPSP through an inclusive policy dialogue process leading to better coverage with essential health services, financial risk protection and health equity
  • UHC Partnership launch in Lao PDR with the aim of increasing awareness, visibility, and understanding of Partnership amongst key stakeholders
  • 100%

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • ER1 : Countries will have prepared/developed/updated/adapted their NHPSP through an inclusive policy dialogue process leading to better coverage with essential health services, financial risk protection and health equity
  • Undertake Review and Update of Health Personnel Development Strategy 2010-2020 with development of 5 year action plan 2016 - 2020
  • 100%
  • ER2 : Countries will have put in place expertise, monitoring and evaluation systems and annual health sector reviews
  • Support training in use of Health personnel Management Information Systems (HPMIS)
  • 85%
  • Develop the legal and regulatory Framework for the licensing and registration system for healthcare professionals
  • 100%
  • Support University of Health Sciences with finalizing Quality Standards for Medical Education & on-going clinical teaching in selected provinces
  • 100%
  • ER6 : At country level, alignment and harmonization of health aid according to national health plans is consolidated and accelerated
  • Capacity Building for M&E of health policies, plans and Aid Effectiveness Guidelines use by Development Partners
  • 100%

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Reports

Country Report - Lao PDR (2016)

Last Updated Dec 01, 2016

Country Report - Lao PDR (2015)

Last Updated May 14, 2015