MDGs Summary Review


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MDGs Summary Review

September 29, 2015

The Lao PDR has already achieved or will achieve by the end of 2015 the MDG targets on poverty and hunger reduction. It has achieved universal access to primary education, and gender equity in primary education. Lao PDR has achieved the international MDG target of reducing its maternal mortality ratio by 75 percent and has achieved its own national target on reducing child mortality.

This Review summarizes the achievements and the lessons learnt from the MDG implementation process in Lao PDR, and reflects on strengths and areas in need of improvement. The Review aims to contribute to the dialogue on the post-2015 agenda in Lao PDR.


  • By 2013, Lao PDR had already achieved the MDG target of halving its national poverty rate from 46 percent in 1992/93 to 23 percent by 2012/13. Estimates project a further decline by the end of 2015.
  • Projections show that Lao PDR will probably meet its national target in reducing under-five mortality to 70 per thousand live births by 2015. However, Lao PDR still needs to achieve the international targets of reducing under five and infant mortality to one-third of 1990 levels by 2015.
  • Lao PDR has achieved the first target of MDG 5 by reducing its maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by 75 percent. However, the MMR is still high (around 220 per 100,000 in 2013).
  • Lao PDR has achieved the MDG target on safe water and sanitation. In 2015, about 76 percent of the population are estimated to have access to improved sources of drinking water. The estimate of coverage by improved sanitation is 71 percent. Both are a three-fold increase from the 1990s.