Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise

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Improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in Laos.

Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) is a local non-profit organisation in Laos dedicated to improving the quality of life for survivors of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) accidents and other people with disability through the provision of a comprehensive set of rehabilitation services.

During the Vietnam War, conflict spilled over into Laos where over two million tonnes of ordnance was dropped, making it the most heavily bombed country in the world, per capita. It is estimated that more than 80 million cluster bombs still remain, contributing daily to hunger, poverty and disability.

The COPE project works to overcome the burden of UXO by providing survivors access to orthotic and prosthetic devices, and rehabilitation services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and paediatric services in partnership with Government managed Centre of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) and provincial rehabilitation centres.

In 2012 COPE helped 1131 patients receive 1190 prosthetic and orthotic devices. Of those patients; 623 (52.3%) received prosthetic legs, 70 (5.9%) received prosthetic hands and/or arms, and 438 (36.8%) received orthotics.

The COPE project provides extensive in service training through a mentoring programme to support local staff and ensure long term sustainability of services, an outreach program to connect with, identify and treat people living with disability in provincial areas and the COPE Visitor Centre which works to increase support and advocacy through raising awareness about the UXO situation in Lao PDR.

Every dollar counts towards providing services to improve the quality of life of bomb survivors and other people with disabilities in Laos.

Join us at the Visitor Centre! The COPE Visitor Centre provides visitors with the opportunity to understand the impact of UXO on Lao PDR, issues related to disability in developing countries and the work of the COPE project through a free permanent exhibition. The Visitor Centre is open from 9am to 6pm daily. Visitors are invited to watch documentaries on UXO, read survivor stories and interact with rehabilitative devices. The Visitor Centre also hosts a gift shop selling wares from local Lao organisations and the Karma Café where delicious homemade ice cream and Lao coffee are available. Exhibits are appropriate for all ages.

What To Bring

In addition to a monetary donation, stationery, clothing, and canned foods are always welcome to be donated to our patients.

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