The overarching goal of Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) is to ensure that people with physical disabilities have local, free access to a quality, nationally-managed rehabilitation service. To do this in a sustainable manner COPE’s strategy has been to partner long term with the Government of Laos' (GOL) Center for Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) through which all Government’s physical rehabilitation work, excluding military personnel, takes place.
COPE and CMR have worked together since 1997, the year COPE was founded, and have developed a strong and productive working relationship. In 1996, the year before COPE was formed, existing services fitted a total of 138 mobility devices throughout Lao PDR. Since 2012, more one thousand orthotic and prosthetic devices are being produced annually. Approximately one third of patients are women and children.
Throughout the last decade, COPE has remained the only charity organization in Lao PDR to offer ongoing support to the GOL’s P&O department. This support has included material and equipment and important technical capacity building and training of GoL prosthetic and orthotic technicians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
In accordance with the consensus statements from the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), COPE introduced polypropylene technology into Lao PDR using the system designed by the International Committee of the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled (ICRC-SFD): this is a tried and tested technology for robust, individually-made, high quality, low-cost devices.
In order to reach people with disabilities, many of whom live in remote and rural locations, COPE works through the GOL’s system of regional networks, with the main rehabilitation centre in Vientiane supporting satellite Provincial Rehabilitation Centres (PRCs) in four provinces: Luang Prabang, Xiang Khuang, Savannakhet and Champassak.
COPE opened a Visitor Center in 2008 with the aim to increase awareness about disability in Laos and highlight the amazing work that is being done to help people with disabilities lead full and productive lives. It also presents the unexploded ordnance (UXO) problem in Laos and how it links in with disability. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00-18:00 and is suitable for all ages. We also run a cafe and gift shop. All profit generated from the Visitor Center goes back into the rehabilitation project.
COPE's office and administration of the project is undertaken in Vientiane and is independently audited.
COPE news of June 2014 is out now
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Australian Foreign Minister visited COPE
Ms Julia Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister visited COPE Visitor Centre. Click here to read more........
The legacy of UXO in Laos by ABC(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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COPE News of March 2014 is out now
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014
The latest edition of COPE News is out now. Click here to read more............
Seminar on Quality Control in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
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The Singapore Embassy's fundraising to support COPE centre.
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COPE's latest newsletter available now
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A visiting of New Zealand Governor-General
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British donations now tax deductible
Hello to all of our British friends! Guess what? You can now donate to COPE with the benefit of a tax deduction through our partner Global Development Group. They have an account with Stewardship that links through directly to our project.
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While on holiday in November 2006 in Muang Sing in Northern Lao PDR we heard about a little boy who had lost his leg.... more