Relatively poor immunization and health standards, inadequate transportation infrastructure, and explosive remnants of war from previous conflicts are prevalent causes of disability in Laos. The exact number of disabled people living in Laos today is unknown due to inadequate surveys, poor reporting and little incentive for individuals to register as disabled. Despite the large number of disabled persons in Laos, they are a highly underrepresented minority. However, disability issues have become increasingly mainstream in Lao society in recent years, and a renewed effort to secure disability rights has ensued.
Hinton, Megan and Rutherford, Ken
"Disability Rights in Laos,"
The Journal of ERW and Mine Action
: Vol. 18
, Article 8.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol18/iss2/8