Planet Aid has supported Humana People to People Laos' community development initiatives in the Bolikhamxay Province since 2012. Projects are implemented in partnership with the province's Department of Public Health and the Department of Mother and Child.
The Child Aid program is comprised of 1,850 member families across 13 villages in the Bolikhan and Pakxan districts. One of the biggest successes of this project is the improvement of maternal and infant health in the Bolikhan District. In 2011, only 47 percent of pregnant women used public medical clinics for checkups and vaccinations, resulting in preventable deaths of mothers and babies during and after childbirth. The Child Aid program has worked to educate expectant mothers on how to care for themselves, boosting the clinic-visitation rates to 85 percent.
Other aspects of the program include water and sanitation improvement, proper handwashing lessons, nutrition education (in part through the establishment of home gardens), animal husbandry, and family budgeting.
In 2015, Child Aid expanded to include projects in 5 more villages to reach nearly 2,000 people. The new projects are split into two parts: the first part focuses on the improving the lives of children under 5, and the second part focuses on implementing Farmers' Clubs.
Farmers' Clubs is a new program in Laos and, within the first month, 1,000 farmers signed up to participate. The program has been divided into 3 clubs, each with about 330 member farmers.