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Lao PDR: Strengthening the School Health Initiative

  • Ly Foung
  • S. Phoungkham
  • P. Khatthanaphone
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Abstract

Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) is a landlocked Southeast Asian nation of approximately 5.6 million population with a population growth rate of 2%. The population is ethnically varied, with 47 distinct ethnic groups identified in the 1995 census; the ethnic, or lowland, Lao make up 52.5% of the total (Lao PDR - National Statistical Center, 2003). The ethnic Lao tend to predominate in the lowlands; the ethnic minorities, in the highlands, although there is some mixing through migration and resettlement. The ethnic minority areas in the highlands have higher rates of poverty, worse health indicators, and fewer services available for a variety of reasons, including remoteness, lower levels of educational achievement, and increasing land pressure that limits their ability to achieve food self-sufficiency (Lao PDR, 2003).

Keywords

Teacher Student School Health Task Force Member School Health Program School Canteen 
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Notes

Acknowledgment

The authors had support from Ms. Chitsavang Chanthavisouk, World Health Organization, Lao PDR.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chitsavang ChanthavisoukWorld Health OrganizationLao PDR
  2. 2.Research Institute for Education and SciencesMinistry of EducationVientiane Capital
  3. 3.Hygiene and Prevention DepartmentMinistry of HealthVientiane Capital

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