Child Survival Proflie: Lao People's Democratic Republic
The Millennium Development Goal 4 of the United Nations Millennium Declaration calls for a reduction by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, of the under-5 mortality rate among children. An analysis of the progress in the region shows that the achievement of that goal will prove challenging for many countries if mortality reduction continues to stagnate and preventable and treatable causes of childhood mortality persist.The WHO/UNICEF Regional Child Strategy outlines a unified direction to acclerate and sustain action towards achieving the national targets for MDG 4, and to reduce inequities in child survival particularly in areas of great need. The Western Pacific Region, however is a very diverse area and the successful implementation of child survival actions at the country level must first take into account the local child health situation and health system capacity.The Child Survival Profile Series reflects the current picture of child survival. This compilation should be useful in further analysing and designing country-specific plans of action, coordinating activities with stake holders, and tracking progress towards the universal coverage of essential child survival interventions.