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Laos (Lao PDR)

Started: 2015

By strengthening key skills for maternal and newborn care among health care providers, their educators, and their supervisors, MCSP is improving the quality of maternal and newborn care in Luang Prabang and Sayaboury provinces. The Program supports the operationalization of the Ministry of Health’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Revised Strategy, helping to strengthen education for maternal and newborn health care providers and the roll-out of the Early Essential Newborn Care package of evidence based newborn interventions.

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Country Data

MCSP analyzed coverage disparities across RMNCH indicators for MCSP program countries. Click below for country-specific data.

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Select Health and Demographic Data for Laos
GDP per capita (USD) 1,793.50
Total Population 6,770,000
Maternal Health
Maternal Mortality Ratio (deaths/100,000 live births) 197
Skilled birth attendant coverage 41.5%
Antenatal care, 4+ visits 37%
Newborn Health
Neonatal mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 30.1
Infant mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 50.7
Child Health
Under-five mortality (deaths per 1,000 live births) 66.7
Treatment for acute respiratory infection 54.4%
Oral rehydration therapy for treatment of diarrhea 42.30%
Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine coverage (3 doses) 88%
Percent of districts with >80% DPT3 coverage 88%
Family Planning
Modern contraceptive prevalence rate 49.80%
Total fertility rate 3.1
HIV prevalence, adult 0.30%
ART coverage, adult 30%
Health Systems
Density of physicians (per 1,000 population) 0.2
Density of nurses & midwives (per 1,000 population) 0.9
Total Health Expenditure per capita (USD) 32.00
Sources: All data are from the World Health Organization, World Bank, and United Nations Children’s Fund.
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