COPE Laos - Helping people move on

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?

  • COPE provides prosthetics and mobility devices for people who require them, free of charge if they cannot afford to pay for them.
  • COPE supplies information to communities across Laos PDR about the types of services available.
  • COPE supports the development of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program through national staff training that includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy and paediatric services.
  • COPE works to develop strategies to ensure that services are sustainable for the long term and always available.

All of COPE's administration is undertaken in Vientiane and is independently audited.

News & Events

COPE news of June 2014 is out now 

Please click here to read our COPE newsletter of June 2014.... 

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