Most villages in Laos lack any type of sanitation, with only 57% of the population accessing appropriate facilities. Open defecation is high, with 63% of the population in the south of the country practicing open defecation. Subsequently, there are high incidences of diarrhoea and other waterborne illnesses.
Plan International is committed to scaling up community-led total sanitation, as well as constructing water systems in villages and water and sanitation facilities for schools and health centres.
Plan International has championed the establishment of the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance* in Lao PDR (SUN CSA) and is contributing to the establishment of a dedicated group of local civil society organisations working in nutrition and related areas.
The SUN CSA is actively contributing to the national nutrition policy agenda, including a focus on women’s empowerment and nutrition, and is an important learning and knowledge management forum for nutrition in Laos.
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