Country Info

Laos is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in South-East Asia, with 65 per cent of the total population comprised of different ethnic groups. Although complex, there is a strong link between ethnicity and poverty, particularly in the upland areas of Laos.

Since 1993, CARE has provided a number of long-term development programs in Laos. Our focus is on improving livelihoods, food security and community development in remote rural areas; preventing the spread of avian influenza and other emerging infectious diseases; and supporting vulnerable women and girls.


The work we do in Laos

Made by Women

We promote dignified work for garment workers in Asia and domestic workers in Latin America.

Women & Children in Emergencies

Women and girls often suffer the most during and after disaster and war.

Access to Market

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.


Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.