World Education is working in partnership with a range of NGO’s and government entities to strengthen the disability sector in Laos and improve services provided to people with disabilities so they can lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Access to quality medical and rehabilitation care is scarce in Laos, diagnostic procedures are often non-existent (especially with regard to mental and intellectual disabilities), and child health screenings are rarely conducted and do not address more than obvious physical disabilities. Activities that World Education is working on in the disability sector include:
- Providing formal skills training to medical service personnel to improve service delivery to people with disabilities with the aim to improve evidence-based practices and increase the involvement of female medical personnel.
- Increasing economic empowerment opportunities for people with disabilities and their primary caregivers by providing them with livelihoods and skills training and job placement services in relevant businesses and trades.
- Making assistive technologies available to people with disabilities appropriate to their needs.
- Offering medical treatment, rehabilitation services, physical and occupational therapy, or psychosocial support to enable people with disabilities to attain optimal physical, sensory, or psychosocial function.
Since Laos has not had a history of civil society organizations until recently, World Education is supporting a number of local non-profit associations to achieve these results and strengthen their capacity.
Follow the links below for information on World Education Laos’ projects in the area of disabilities:
- Training, Economic Empowerment, Assistive Technology, and Medical and Physical Rehabilitation
- Integrated Victims’ Assistance
- Economic Assistance & Livelihoods Training for UXO Survivors (2009-2013)
- Survivors’ Economic and Technical Assistance (SETA) (2007-2008)