Humanity & Inclusion in Laos
Humanity & Inclusion works closely with Lao institutions and civil society to address the major causes of disability in the country and to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
Laos has the highest level of contamination from explosive remnants of war of any country on the planet. More than 50 years after the first U.S. bombings during the war in Vietnam, Laos remains heavily contaminated by cluster munitions and children are the main victims of these weapons.
Humanity & Inclusion has helped victims of mines and explosive remnants of war in Laos since 1983. Our mission has grown since 2010.
Our Current Work
In addition to helping victims of mines and explosive remnants of war in Laos, Humanity & Inclusion employs 111 staff who work attentively to:
- Clear explosive remnants of war
- Improve maternal and child health
- Ensure economic inclusion
- Support Organizations for People with Disabilities
- Provide rehabilitation care
Humanity & Inclusion works to reduce the threat of cluster munitions and explosives remnants of the war in Laos using its demining teams and working alongside villagers, government and other partners, such as the National Regulatory Authority to remove mines and educate communities about the risks posed by these weapons.
Improve Maternal and Child Health
To reduce the risk of disability Humanity & Inclusion focuses on preventing disability in children under five years old. Humanity & Inclusion aims to improve the reading skills of all children, with a particular focus on children who do not speak the Lao language and children with disabilities.
The organization runs a child disability early detection system in partnership with the Children's Hospital in Vientiane, and build the capacities of child development units who offer basic rehabilitation care to children with disabilities.
Ensure Economic Inclusion
In partnership with the Laos Disabled People's Association and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Humanity & Inclusion provides personalized support and training people with disabilities on how to set up a project or start their own business.
Support Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs)
Humanity & Inclusion supports the Laos Disabled People’s Association to ensure participation of persons with disabilities in decision making processes concerning them, their livelihoods and their well-being.
Humanity & Inclusion:
- Collects and analyzes data to inform government policies and actions
- Supports the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Designs action plans to promote inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in the life of their communities
- Has piloted a unique methodology to support the inclusion of disability issues in development projects
Provide Rehabilitation Services
Humanity & Inclusion partners with the Ministry of Health to draw up strategic action plans on rehabilitation and inclusive health as well as providing training for professionals working in the field.
The organization is currently identifying a community-based rehabilitation model for Laos, and supporting the training of physical therapists and other rehabilitation professionals around the country.