What COPE Makes
COPE works with the Center of Medical Rehabilitation staff to design and manufacture prosthetic legs as well as orthotic devices and custom fit arms and hands. A prosthesis is a device that replaces a body part. An orthosis is a device that supports a body part. COPE also works with the Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) who manufacture wheelchairs and tricycles. All devices are made custom-fit to meet the specific needs of each individual person.
COPE introduced and continues to support the development of a new technology developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled (ICRC SFD) for low-income environments. All the devices are made from polypropylene, a highly durable but low cost material. As such, the staff manufacture a range of custom made prostheses and orthoses for each patient. The ICRC SFD continues to work with COPE to fund patient and material costs as well as support the development of staff skills.
As much as possible, the materials for mobility devices are sourced locally. Most devices are constructed at the Centre of Medical Rehabilitation in Vientiane or at one of the four regional centers that COPE supports.
COPE using waste!
Nothing is wasted at COPE. We are conscious at COPE to have as little impact on the environment as possible. Cuttings from the polypropolene used to make prostheses and orthoses are melted down again and made into other components for the devices, including the footplates of the wheelchairs and ankle components of legs. In addition we even make some parts of solar lamps from the polypropolene waste.
The Karma café, at the COPE Visitor Centre, has been made entirely from bamboo and waste wood, with the counters made from packing cases we have collected from material deliveries for the workshops.
It is our philosophy to source locally as much of the materials we use as possible. In doing so, we support local business projects, as well as reduce the impact on the environment from transporting goods.