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Nutrition in Laos

Improving the health of children by ensuring good sanitation and hygiene practices and providing sustainable access to safe water systems. Sustainability and local ownership is assured with the development of a strong, local civil society sector.

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. 

Plan International promotes 1000 days in remote areas in the north of Laos to encourage mothers and their husbands to take care after their baby neatly in the first 1000 days of life to ensure their babies' physical and mental developments are proper.
Plan International encourages families in rural, northern Laos to take adequate care of their children in the first 1,000 days of life to ensure their full physical and mental development.

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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