Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise, otherwise known as COPE, is a locally run non-profit organisation working with the Center of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR), Lao Ministry of Health and four provincial rehabilitation centres in an innovative partnership to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services for Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) survivors and other people with disabilities across Lao PDR.
COPE and CMR together are currently the only provider of prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation services in Laos.
COPE was founded in 1997 and has since then developed its services from supplying prosthetics and orthotics to UXO survivors to providing physiotherapy, occupational therapy and paediatric services to other people with disabilities.
The COPE Visitor Centre was established in 2008 and provides a free permanent exhibition providing education on UXO in Laos, and information on the comprehensive rehabilitation services that COPE offers.
What does COPE do?
All of COPE's administration is undertaken in Vientiane and is independently audited.