Knowledge Note

Lao PDR performs worse than other countries in the same region and income group. Compared to African countries with less income, such as Uganda and Togo, stunting rates in Lao PDR are more severe. Nutritional status also varies across income level. Children under five in the poorest income level are more than 3 times as likely to be stunted as those in the richest income level. However, under-nutrition is not just a problem of poverty. Children are undernourished in one-fifth of even the richest households. This is not an issue of food access, but of caring practices and high disease burden level are more than 3 times as likely to be stunted as those in the richest income level. However, under-nutrition is not just a problem of poverty. Children are undernourished in one-fifth of even the richest households. This is not an issue of food access, but of caring practices and high disease burden.