Following the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, on 29 March the Government of Lao PDR formally announced nation-wide lockdown. Despite the still limited number of COVID-19 cases, the outbreak in the region has impacted trade, construction and tourism and has therefore a significant effect on the economy.
Along with official news and information from valid sources and trusted organizations, misinformation has also been circulating, increasing the challenges in keeping society informed about public health information, especially the people with disabilities.
Proliferation of dangerous disinformation and misinformation threaten national pandemic responses, putting even more lives and livelihoods at risk
It is understandable that weeks of being unable to go out, meet or live “normally” must have been taken its toll. But isn’t it too early to throw caution to the winds?
At its 58th Council Meeting this week, the Global Environment Facility approved a grant towards developing a $6 million project reducing the vulnerability of Lao communities to floods and droughts.
Although several posts have been written on possible ‘new normals’, ‘the next normal’ and tracking signals of disruption — from policy to citizen driven (COVID19 triggered) responses, it is uncertainty that remains the common denominator.

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6.5 million

Population

23 %

Poverty rate

$2,270

Per capita income

0.586

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