Lao People’s Democratic Republic

The 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. Along with its 8th National Health Sector Development Plan (NHSDP) 2016-2020, Lao PDR has launched a National Health Sector Reform Strategy and Framework 2013-2025, and in recent years the Ministry of Health has made significant progress in strengthening the country’s health system with the development partners. At the urban level this has been successful, but there is still much work to be done to have these effects trickle down to rural areas where accessibility is poor and out-of-pocket payments remain high. You can access important documents here.

Key Health Indicators Country Fact Sheet

Lao PDR_LAO by J. Robaton
Lao PDR_LAO by J. Robaton
Lao PDR_LAO by Lamphay Inthankoun

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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  • 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
  • Support the Ministry of Health with Phase 11 of the Health Sector Reform (HSR) Strategy which focus on basic services & health financing
  • 100%
  • Advocacy, awareness & training of the financial management guidelines
  • 100%
  • Improve governance to fill gap between political intention and effective implementation of the HSR.
  • 100%
  • ER2 : Countries will have put in place expertise, monitoring and evaluation systems and annual health sector reviews
  • Support development of M&E systems through the use of DHIS2 and annual health sector reviews
  • 100%
  • ER3 : Countries requesting health financing (HF) support will have modified their financing strategies and systems to move more rapidly towards universal coverage (UC), with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable
  • Support development, review and revision of public health legal frameworks to strengthen health service delivery
  • 100%
  • ER6 : At country level, alignment and harmonization of health aid according to national health plans is consolidated and accelerated
  • Support sector wide coordination though the health sector wide group and partners meetings
  • 100%