Laos

Map & Basic Information

  • Area

    240,000 square kilometers

  • Population

    Approximately 7.1 million (2019, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Laos)

  • Capital

    Vientiane

  • Ethnicity

    50 ethnic groups, including the Lao (more than half of the total population)

  • Language

    Lao

  • Religion

    Buddhism

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Source:Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Issues to be addressed

In Laos, the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into effect in 2019. However, understanding and knowledge of people with disabilities are not sufficiently widespread, which hinders their participation, in terms of education, employment, and any other social and political activities in the country. In addition, due to the lack of understanding of disabilities, a sense of discrimination and prejudice persists. It is difficult for people with disabilities to obtain support from sources other than their families. There is not much of a system to support people with disabilities in the community.

Activities

Creating a supportive environment for
people with disabilities in the community

People with disabilities and their families participate in training on how to cultivate mushrooms to earn income from selling them.

To promote the participation of people with disabilities in society, AAR Japan provide livelihood support to self-help groups consisting of people with disabilities and their families and create an environment where the issues faced by people with disabilities can be resolved in the local community. We are also working to strengthen the management capacity and network of the largest organization of people with disabilities and create a system in which people with disabilities can promote an inclusive society in Laos.

Major Activities in Past

  • 2000 - 2011

    Support for wheelchair manufacturing

    We rebuilt a wheelchair workshop to manufacture and distribute wheelchairs and three-wheeled wheelchairs. In total, we provided over 3,000 wheelchairs to the disabled.

  • 2015-2019

    Maternal and
    child health services

    We provided medical equipment, improved sanitation, and health education to residents in areas where access to medical services is difficult.