Publications and information resources

Overview of Lao health system development 2009-2017

“The Review of the Lao Health System Development 2009-2017 presents a snapshot of the existing health system, highlighting the significant progress made over the past decade. The report serves as a baseline for WHO and partners to work with the Government to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. More effort is needed to support the implementation of the priority health programmes while improving access and financial protection for the hard-to-reach population, in leaving no one behind.”

Risk communication applied to food safety handbook (2016)

Ambient air pollution: A global assessment of exposure and burden of disease

This report presents a summary of methods and results of the latest WHO global assessment of ambient air pollution exposure and the resulting burden of disease.

Air pollution has become a growing concern in the past few years, with an increasing number of acute air pollution episodes in many cities worldwide. As a result, data on air quality is becoming increasingly available and the science underlying the related health impacts is also evolving rapidly.

Atlas of eHealth country profiles 2015: The use of eHealth in support of universal health coverage

The third global survey on eHealth conducted by the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe) has a special focus – the use of eHealth in support of universal health coverage. eHealth plays a vital role in promoting universal health coverage in a variety of ways. For instance, it helps provide services to remote populations and underserved communities through telehealth or mHealth.

It facilitates the training of the health workforce through the use of eLearning, and makes education more widely accessible especially for those who are isolated. It enhances diagnosis and treatment by providing accurate and timely patient information through electronic health records. And through the strategic use of ICT, it improves the operations and financial efficiency of health care systems.

This Atlas presents data collected on 125 WHO Member States. The survey was undertaken between April and August 2015 and represents the most current information on the use of eHealth in these countries. The Atlas will be a useful and unique reference tool for policy makers, eHealth planners and professionals.

The Millennium Development Goals Progress Report 2015

As 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the health sector in Lao PDR reviewed the progress and reported that the country has achieved six out of nine health related targets.

The country has successfully reduced child mortality of under-5-yearolds by two-thirds, reduced maternal mortality by three-quarters, halted and reversed the spread of malaria and TB, halved the proportion of the population without improved drinking water in urban areas and halved the proportion of the population without sanitation in urban areas.

Household water treatment and safe storage

This training material is targeted primarily at government officials, with the view that training workshops should be part of a national plan for the support and scale-up of HWTS. These training materials are made up of a Trainer Manual, which provides guidance on planning workshops, selecting trainers and participants, logistic arrangements, and other preparations for workshops. Lesson plans are also provided in the Trainer Manual, with guidance on participatory approaches and the use of the PowerPoint presentations that are included. A Participant Manual with five modules is also included.

The training materials may be adapted to suit the audience. As HWTS is relevant for other health initiatives, such as nutrition, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS, the wider application and dissemination of this training material is greatly encouraged as an option for improving the safety of water, especially among the vulnerable populations and the poor.

WHO country cooperation strategy for the Lao People's Democratic Republic, 2012-2015

WHO Country Cooperation Strategy presents a common vision of prioritized health areas for collaboration between WHO and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 2012 to 2015.

This cooperation aims to strengthen the national health system to meet the needs of the Lao people and ensure access to essential health care, especially the poor and disadvantaged, and those living in rural, remote and hard-to-reach areas.

Investing to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases

The presence, or absence, of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) can be seen as a proxy for poverty and for the success of interventions aimed at reducing poverty. Today, coverage of the public-health interventions recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) against NTDs may be interpreted as a proxy for universal health coverage and shared prosperity – in short, a proxy for coverage against neglect.

World Malaria report 2014

The World Malaria Report 2014 summarizes information received from malaria-endemic countries and other sources, and updates the analyses presented in the 2013 report.

It assesses global and regional malaria trends, highlights progress towards global targets, and describes opportunities and challenges in controlling and eliminating the disease. The report was launched in the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament on 9 December 2014.

Global status report on violence prevention 2014

This report, which reflects data from 133 countries, is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse.

World health report 2013: research for universal health coverage

15 August 2013 -- Everyone should have access to the health services they need without being forced into poverty when paying for them. The World health report 2013 "Research for universal health coverage" argues that universal health coverage – with full access to high-quality services for prevention, treatment and financial risk protection – cannot be achieved without the evidence provided by scientific research.

Global status report on alcohol and health - 2014

The Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States


IHR national capacities
All States Parties are required to have or to develop minimum core public health capacities to implement the IHR (2005) effective in accordance with articles 5 and 13 of the IHR (2005).

Fifty years : working for health in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 1962-2012

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the work of the World Health Organization in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic which began in 1962 when a Country Liaison Office was established in the capital city of Vientiane. The anniversary also celebrates 50 years of partnership and collaboration between WHO and the Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Country health information profiles

• You may find the 2012 and/or latest available data in the Data and Analytics section of the Health Information and Intelligence Platform.
Lao People's Democratic Republic health databank 2012 pdf, 367kb

Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century, in terms of both the human suffering they cause and the harm they inflict on the socioeconomic fabric of countries, particularly low- and middle-income countries.

No government can afford to ignore the rising burden of NCDs. In the absence of evidence-based actions, the human, social and economic costs of NCDs will continue to grow and overwhelm the capacity of countries to address them.


Information resources

Health Information and Intelligence Platform (HIIP)

Too often health information is hidden in isolated pockets or stored in ways that make it difficult to use and impossible to share. The Health Information and Intelligence Platform (HIIP) answers the call for health information to be accessible and user-friendly. HIIP provides access to the interactive database.