Laos is one of East Asia’s poorest countries. Outside the capital many people do not have access to basic facilities such as toilets.
- Almost a third of people live below the national poverty line, which means they do not have the resources they need to live healthy lives.
- Less than half of all women who go in to labour have a doctor, midwife or nurse there to support them.
- Across Laos 40% of children are chronically malnourished and stunted, amongst some ethnic groups it is as high as 60% of children.
Communist forces overthrew the Laos monarchy in 1975 and the country was isolated until the 1990s. Since then the economy has improved but the country is still extremely poor and relies heavily on international donations.
Health Poverty Action is working with the poorest and most marginalised communities in Laos to strengthen them in their struggle for health.