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Laos (Lao PDR)

Started: 2015 / Ended: December 2018

By strengthening key skills for maternal and newborn care among health care providers, their educators, and their supervisors, MCSP improved the quality of maternal and newborn care in Luang Prabang and Sayaboury provinces. The Program supported 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.

To read a summary of work in Laos to date, click here.

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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) 2,457.376
Total Population 6,858,160
Maternal Health
Maternal Mortality Ratio (deaths/100,000 live births) 197
Skilled birth attendant coverage 40.1%
Antenatal care, 4+ visits 36.9%
Newborn Health
Neonatal mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 28.7
Infant mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 48.9
Child Health
Under-five mortality (deaths per 1,000 live births) 63.9
Treatment for acute respiratory infection 54.4%
Oral rehydration therapy for treatment of diarrhea 57.4%
Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine coverage (3 doses) 85%
Family Planning
Modern contraceptive prevalence rate 42.7%
Total fertility rate 2.698
HIV prevalence, adult 0.3%
ART coverage, adult 41%
Health Systems
Density of physicians (per 1,000 population) 0.491
Density of nurses & midwives (per 1,000 population) 0.959
Total Health Expenditure per capita (USD) 25.985
Sources: All data are from the World Health Organization, World Bank, and United Nations Children’s Fund.
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