Many rural communities in Laos do not have clean, year-round safe drinking water, nor access to sanitation. Up to 37% of the population does not have an improved toilet, and 28% still practice outdoor defecation (OD). The consequences of OD are poor environmental quality, increased exposure to bacterial, and parasitic diseases.
World Education’s Reducing Childhood Diarrhea project combined community mobilization, education, and simple technologies to reduce the impact of diarrhea on children’s health. This evaluation report documents World Education’s efforts to successfully reduce childhood diarrhea in the Kham and Paek districts of Laos.