The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is a Southeast Asian country, which shares a border with China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. It has a population of 6.8 million and a life expectancy at birth of 65 years (males) and 68 years (females). The national health indicators of the Lao PDR have been improving steadily over the past three decades. Along with its 8th National Health Sector Development Plan (NHSDP) 2016-2020, Lao PDR has launched a National Health Sector Reform Strategy and Framework 2013-2025, and in recent years the Ministry of Health has made significant progress in strengthening the country’s health system with the development partners. At the urban level this has been successful, but there is still much work to be done to have these effects trickle down to rural areas where accessibility is poor and out-of-pocket payments remain high. You can access important documents here.