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ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT: A deeper look into the key health challenges in the region Post-webinar report

Situation Report

Adolescents as a group of individuals are often overlooked in health related discussions, despite the need to tackle the health challenges they face during a crucial period of transition from childhood to adulthood. The various aspects of their health and well-being (psychological, social, developmental and sexual) are impacted by a myriad of factors such as technology, poverty and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UN General Assembly Side Event, Everyone Counts: Universal vital registration to leave no one behind - Remarks by Ms. Sara Sekkenes, Resident Coordinator, United Nations Lao PDR, 27th September 2021

Declarations and Statement

As highlighted in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s 9th National Socio-Economic Development Plan NSEDP (2021-2025), civil registration offers much potential in realizing our shared commitments to “Leave No One Behind” and vital statistics can provide key insights into population dynamics and development progress. 

Such insights are important to ensure that public social service policies respond to population needs and provide individuals with essential legal documents required to secure identity, nationality and civil rights. While the SDG indicator 16.9 “legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030” is amongst the localized SDG indicators in Laos, much remains to be done.

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Adolescent Health and Development Webinar Series Report

Technical Reports and Document

Adolescents as a group of individuals are often overlooked in health related discussions, despite the need to tackle the health challenges they face during a crucial period of transition from childhood to adulthood. The various aspects of their health and well-being (psychological, social, developmental, and sexual) are impacted by a myriad of factors such as technology, poverty and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. With a view to discussing these important issues and exploring some of the different aspects they impinge on, the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Lao PDR collaborated to organise a 4–part webinar series. The 4 webinars highlighted the key challenges and approaches in adolescent health and well-being in the region by: 1) looking at the impact of COVID-19 on adolescents, 2) understanding the implications of the rapidly evolving digital environment on their health, 3) examining the key approaches to sexual and reproductive health, 4) looking at poverty as an underlying determinant that increases the vulnerability and health risks of this demographic. It brought together speakers working in different areas of adolescent health and development from various countries in the region and provided a holistic picture of how the different aspects explored intersect and influence the overall health and well-being of adolescents.

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UNFPA Laos COVID-19 Response Report

Fact Sheet

COVID-19 pandemic has undermined the progress made in sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. UNFPA Laos responded quickly to the situation by supporting the government in the COVID-19 response focusing on the continuity of sexual and reproductive health information and services provision and ensuring women and girls’ rights are protected. We support the government through policy dialogues, capacity building, knowledge sharing, service provision, population data, and advocacy

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Demographic Change For Development Lao People’s Democratic Republic 2030

Demographic Change For Development Lao People’s Democratic Republic 2030

Situation Report

The study shows that Laos is at the cusp of a potential for realising a demographic dividend: accelerated economic growth within one generation when a country has more people of working age than dependents, if those in the working age are educated, skilled, empowered and employed. Thus, the urgency to invest in youth and adolescents who will join the working age group now to 2030. Using this analysis, informed decisions can be made on use of limited resources to accelerate socio-economic development.

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ConVERGE Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality

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ConVERGE Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality  

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Guidance Note on Protecting the Rights of Women and Girls in Lao PDR: COVID-19 context

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Guidance Note on Protecting the Rights of Women and Girls in Lao PDR: COVID-19 context

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ກົດໝາຍວ່າດ້ວຍການພັດທະນາ ແລະປົກປ້ອງແມ່ຍິງ(ສະບັບປີ 2004) 

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The State of the World's Midwifery 2021

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The State of the World's Midwifery 2021

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