COPE Laos - Helping people move on

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.

News & Events

COPE Office & Visitor Centre will be closed on Monday 9th, March 2014

Please note that on Monday 9th March 2015, the COPE Office & Visitor Centre will be closed for compensation of the International Women’s Day and will be reopening on Tuesday 10th March 2015.

Sorry for any inconvenience. Happy International Women’s Day. 

COPE Annual Report 2014 

We are pleased to introduce COPE's first annual report. Please Click here to learn more about COPE's activities between January and December 2013.

COPE News of December is out now 

Please click here to read COPE news of December 2014 

COPE Holiday

COPE office and COPE Visitor Center will be closed as following days..

1. 25th December 2014 (Christmas day)

2. 1st January 2015 ( New Year)

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

 A visiting of Danish Prince  

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COPE news of November 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

Check the link on our donate page here for more information :-) 

Santar's Story


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