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20091007 Inclusion of People With Disabilities in Laos


20091007 Inclusion of People With Disabilities in Laos

ILO  Country Report

With the exception of people disabled as a result of unexploded ordnance (UXO) explosions, there
is no reliable information on the number of people with disabilities in the Lao People’s Democratic
Republic (PDR). Estimates by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
(ESCAP) suggest that 8 per cent of the national population is likely to be disabled. Applying this
estimate to the 2005 population census for Lao PDR (approximately 5 million) would indicate that
there may be some 400,000 disabled people in the country.
Many disabled people in Lao PDR, as in most developing countries in the world, live in poverty,
have limited opportunities for accessing education, health, suitable housing and employment
opportunities.