The United Nations will support the Lao Government’s preparedness and response to Covid-19 under the United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund with two UN projects approved under the Fund last week.
The Fund was launched by the UN Secretary-General to support low- and middle-income countries overcome the health and development crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and support people most vulnerable to economic hardship and social disruption.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a public health emergency but also a cause of deep socio-economic shocks which disproportionately affect the most vulnerable, including the poor, the elderly, women, children, adolescents, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, migrants and other groups left behind. As a Least Developed Country, Lao PDR is particularly vulnerable to the global and regional disruptions caused by COVID-19. Thus, to ensure that the hard-won development gains of Lao PDR are not undermined by the impact of the pandemic, it is of the utmost importance to take early action to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.