According to the United Nations, approximately 10% of the world’s population (about 700 million people) live with a disability.  They are the world’s largest marginalised group.  The United Nations Development Programme estimates that over 80% of all people with disability live in developing countries.

In Lao PDR, a developing country, and in other developing countries, disability is often misunderstood and misrepresented.  Overcoming this is a significant challenge for Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s) representing and/or working with disabled people in developing countries.  Increased public knowledge and awareness of disability is an essential part of this process.       

The following pages are intended as a resource for people interested in learning more about disability in Lao PDR.  Here you will find a series of factsheets prepared by the LDPA and a description of the DPO’s working in the disability sector in Lao PDR.

Disabled People’s Organisations

Factsheets