Plan International is committed to strengthening the provision of quality maternal, child and reproductive health care in the districts and villages of Laos.
We improve community access to quality health and maternity services, especially for isolated villages, to improve health outcomes and nutritional status of children and mothers.
Some 37% of children in Laos have chronic malnutrition and this rises to 60% in the poorest areas where we work. Despite a rise in overall GDP in the country, food insecurity for the poor remains a significant problem, and this is compounded by poor early feeding practices, poor sanitation and hygiene, high prevalence of adolescent pregnancy and poor maternal nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
We are connecting young ethnic women and men to parenting courses that include modules on child caring, traditions and childrearing practices, health and growth monitoring, healthy food and good hygiene practices.
We are also partnering with government officials and village trainers to conduct village level nutrition training, provide community based health and nutrition education, establish women’s groups and other community empowerment mechanisms and equip rural health centres and district health facilities. In this way, we aim to ensure positive, lasting change within communities. Contributing to sustainable health services in the most remote areas of Laos, Plan International supports scholarships for midwives and subsequent health centre placement.