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UNFPA Lao People's Democratic Republic

The Lao People's Democratic Republic is a diverse country with more than 49 ethnic groups, many residing in hard-to-reach mountainous areas. The country has a high adolescent birth rate and the highest maternal mortality ratios in the region. Since 1976, UNFPA support has been integral in responding to the needs of women and the growing youth population. With 60 per cent of the country’s 6.25 million people under the age of 25, the focus is now on sexual reproductive health, needs, choices and rights as an entry point to sustainable development.

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Key results of Lao People's Democratic Republic in 2021 View more
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Adolescent health competencies

Adolescent health competencies were included in curricula of health professionals
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Sexual and reproductive health indicators available

Sexual and reproductive health indicators were collected periodically, and made publically available
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School-based comprehensive sexuality education

A comprehensive sexuality education curricula was operationalized in accordance with international standards
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Out-of-school comprehensive sexuality education

A national mechanism or strategy was in place to deliver out-of-school comprehensive sexuality education in accordance with international standards
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Integration of sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and youth into strategies of sectors apart from health sector

At least two sectors (other than health) had strategies which integrated the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and youth
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Rights of marginalized groups

Intervention models or strategies to empower marginalized and excluded groups to exercise their reproductive rights were rolled out
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Minimum Initial Services Package

226
Health service providers and managers were trained on the minimum initial service package
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Life skills programmes for girls

2,250
Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes
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Child, early and forced marriage

2,250
Girls received, with support from UNFPA, prevention, protection services, and/or care related to child, early, and forced marriage

Key humanitarian results 2021

Affected population reached with Family Planning services

Number of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49) reached with SRH services

Number of people reached with SRH/GBV information and awareness activities

Number of mobile clinics

Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)

Number of safe spaces

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Programme Activities

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    Lao People's Democratic Republic 2021 Programme Activities data

    Utilization of sexual and reproductive health services
    Every woman, adolescent and youth everywhere, especially those furthest behind, has utilized integrated sexual and reproductive health services and exercised reproductive rights, free of coercion, discrimination and violence
    Total Spending:
    $1,286,419
    Implemented by:
    GOV $635,012 (49%)
    UNFPA $590,642 (46%)
    NGO $60,765 (5%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (25%)
    Non-core Resources (75%)
    Health workforce capacity
    Strengthened capacities of the health workforce, especially those of midwives, in health management and clinical skills for high-quality and integrated sexual and reproductive health services, including in humanitarian settings
    Total Spending:
    $286,331
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $23,628 (8%)
    GOV $262,703 (92%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (13)
    Non-core Resources (87)
    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Strengthened capacities to provide high-quality, integrated information and services for family planning, comprehensive maternal health, sexually transmitted infections and HIV, as well as information and services that are responsive to emergencies and fragile contexts
    Total Spending:
    $473,536
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $102,116 (22%)
    NGO $60,765 (13%)
    GOV $310,655 (66%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (33)
    Non-core Resources (67)
    Sexual and reproductive health polices for those furthest behind
    Enhanced capacities to develop and implement policies, including financial protection mechanisms, that prioritize access to information and services for sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for those furthest behind, including in humanitarian settings
    Total Spending:
    $422,804
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $401,240 (95%)
    GOV $21,564 (5%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (29)
    Non-core Resources (71)
    Delivery of sexual and reproductive health commodities
    Strengthened capacities to effectively forecast, procure, distribute and track the delivery of sexual and reproductive health commodities, ensuring resilient supply chains
    Total Spending:
    $103,748
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $63,658 (61%)
    GOV $40,090 (39%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (7)
    Non-core Resources (93)
    Empowerment of young people
    Every adolescent and youth, in particular adolescent girls, is empowered to have access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, in all contexts
    Total Spending:
    $700,926
    Implemented by:
    GOV $242,885 (35%)
    UNFPA $458,041 (65%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (41%)
    Non-core Resources (59%)
    Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
    Young people, in particular adolescent girls, have the skills and capabilities to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and well-being
    Total Spending:
    $619,853
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $402,818 (65%)
    GOV $217,035 (35%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (37)
    Non-core Resources (63)
    Adolescents and youth policies
    Policies and programmes in relevant sectors tackle the determinants of adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health, development and well-being
    Total Spending:
    $81,073
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $55,223 (68%)
    GOV $25,850 (32%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (73)
    Non-core Resources (27)
    Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
    Gender equality, the empowerment of all women and girls, and reproductive rights are advanced in development and humanitarian settings
    Total Spending:
    $430,217
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $293,097 (68%)
    GOV $137,120 (32%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (56%)
    Non-core Resources (44%)
    Gender equality laws and policies
    Strengthened policy, legal and accountability frameworks to advance gender equality and empower women and girls to exercise their reproductive rights and to be protected from violence and harmful practices
    Total Spending:
    $292,414
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $222,976 (76%)
    GOV $69,438 (24%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (76)
    Non-core Resources (24)
    Prevention and addressing of gender-based violence
    Increased multisectoral capacity to prevent and address gender-based violence using a continuum approach in all contexts, with a focus on advocacy, data, health and health systems, psychosocial support and coordination
    Total Spending:
    $137,764
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $70,082 (51%)
    GOV $67,682 (49%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (14)
    Non-core Resources (86)
    Elimination of harmful practices
    Strengthened response to eliminate harmful practices, including child, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation and son preference
    Total Spending:
    $40
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $40 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Non-core Resources (100)
    Population and development
    development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality
    Total Spending:
    $287,968
    Implemented by:
    GOV $53,729 (19%)
    UNFPA $234,238 (81%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100%)
    Population data systems
    Improved national population data systems to map and address inequalities; to advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitments of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development; and to strengthen interventions in humanitarian crises
    Total Spending:
    $287,968
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $234,238 (81%)
    GOV $53,729 (19%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)

    Programme Documentation

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    CPD Lao [2022-2026] (DP/FPA/CPD/LAO/7)
    Cycle: 2022-2026
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    CPD Lao [2017-2021] (DP/FPA/CPD/LAO/6)
    Cycle: 2017-2021
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    UNDAF Lao [2012-2015]
    Cycle: 2012-2015
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    CPE Lao [2015-2016] (DP/FPA/2015/4)
    Cycle: 2015-2016
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    CPD Lao [2007-2011] (DP/FPA/CPD/LAO/4)
    Cycle: 2007-2011
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    CPD Lao [2012-2015] (DP/FPA/CPD/LAO/5)
    Cycle: 2012-2015
    Technical notes and sources

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