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Lao PDR joined SWA in 2010. Linked to the national planning process, 5 major actions are proposed within the SWA engagement to ensure a proactive approach to comprehensive sector progress: 1) resource mobilization and allocation to rural WASH, and initiate safely managed urban sanitation strategy, 2) scale-up strategies in Social Behaviour Change Communication and sanitation marketing to eliminate open defecation in rural areas and improve access to basic sanitation level, 3) raise competency and capacity for the Sector as the foundation for better performance and efficiency, 4) identify and better target resources to improve WASH coverage for vulnerable groups, schools and health facilities through collaboration and convergence with partners’ programmes, and 5) increase regulatory oversight and monitoring of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in urban water supply and improve quality in order to achieve and sustain the new standards for safely managed services and enable utilities to become attractive for additional financing.

Commitments by the government

Progress Report April 2020

By 2019 a National WASH Committee is established to provide guidance on WASH policy implementation.
Reviewing progress
By 2020 Establish a National WASH Trust Fund to finance for sustainable WASH Service delivery.
Reviewing progress
By 2025 all Lao citizen live in Open Defecation Free Environment in the country. No one left behind.
Reviewing progress
Dr. Bounpheng Philavong
DG, Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion


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Lao - Collaborative Behaviour Country Profile
Laos 2019 SMM Country Brief

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