Decentralized wastewater treatment system & desludging service for Hin Heup Town A GRET MIREP Pilot Project in Laos

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The French NGO GRET, established in 1976, has a mission of fair international development, through designing and implementing field projects, providing expertise, conducting research, and running information and exchange networks for development issues, and currently works in 27 countries. As part of this mission, GRET professionals have taken on various water and sanitation projects in developing countries, including, since 2004, the Lao PDR.The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a country surrounded by China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. In 2005, Lao PDR was below average in establishing sanitation access as compared to other Southeast Asian countries. In a study conducted by a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey in 2006 (MICS III), it reflected a 44.8% coverage for those with improved sanitation (or 48%cited by the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Program) as compared to the 67% average for all the Southeast Asian countries. In the same study, there are at least fifty-two percent (52%) of the Lao population without access to sanitation. This data equates to over three million Laotians living without improved sanitation - without an easily accessible, private and safe place to urinate and defecate. Furthermore, the growing population of Lao PDR needs to be taken into consideration while looking at the efforts to increase sanitation coverage.

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