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Lao PDR joined SWA in 2010. Linked to the national planning process, 5 major actions are proposed within the SWA engagement to ensure a proactive approach to comprehensive sector progress: 1) resource mobilization and allocation to rural WASH, and initiate safely managed urban sanitation strategy, 2) scale-up strategies in Social Behaviour Change Communication and sanitation marketing to eliminate open defecation in rural areas and improve access to basic sanitation level, 3) raise competency and capacity for the Sector as the foundation for better performance and efficiency, 4) identify and better target resources to improve WASH coverage for vulnerable groups, schools and health facilities through collaboration and convergence with partners’ programmes, and 5) increase regulatory oversight and monitoring of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in urban water supply and improve quality in order to achieve and sustain the new standards for safely managed services and enable utilities to become attractive for additional financing.

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Dr. Bounpheng Philavong
DG, Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion


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Lao - Collaborative Behaviour Country Profile

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