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 Laos is committed to our water and sanitation programme, which champions community-led total sanitation, including constructing water systems in villages, flushing toilets in homes, and total school sanitation projects.
On the national level, we form powerful partnerships with other INGOs on national events and research, which include the official roll out of the National Action Plan for Rural Water Supply.
On a community level, women and children are given better access to information about washing their hands and waterborne diseases, and by the end of 2014, there were 40 schools participating in our total sanitation project. We are also working in partnership with 36 villages on our pioneering Model Healthy Village scheme, which is benefitting over 1,000 people with increased sanitation and more informed and trained community members.