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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an office in Lao PDR in 2006. In 2010, the National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE) was designated as a National Influenza Center (NIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO). During the past 10 years, Lao PDR has improved their capacity in support of the International Health Regulations, provided significant technical assistance in HIV/AIDS prevention and control, and expanded maternal and child health immunization coverage.

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Laos at a Glance

Population: 6,858,1601
Per capita income: $5,9202
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 68/65 yrs2
Infant mortality rate: 43/1000 live births2
Source: 1 Population Reference Bureau, 2 Population Reference Bureau

Top 10 Causes of Death


  1. Diarrheal disease
  2. Neonatal Disorders
  3. Cardiovascular Diseases
  4. Non-Communicable Disease
  5. Unintentional Injuries
  6. Diabetes
  7. Neoplasms
  8. Mental Disorders
  9. Transport Injuries
  10. Musculoskeletal Disorders

What CDC Is Doing


  • Investments in influenza laboratory detection, surveillance, and outbreak response capabilities have led to Lao PDR being designated a WHO National Influenza Center.
  • Lao PDR’s one-year FET program is a model for other countries where ministries of health have limited staff available to participate in a typical two-year FET program.
  • CDC is working with Lao PDR on rabies prevention and control activities, including a dog registration and vaccination campaign.
  • Page last reviewed: September 4, 2018
  • Page last updated: September 4, 2018
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    Global Health
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