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   International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December 2015

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. 

COPE is working in partnership with the Centre of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) and provincial rehabilitation centres to provide access to both orthotic/prosthetic devices and rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and paediatric services to people with disabilities. On this important day, we would like to thank our generous institutional donors for their support:  Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), CBM International, Global Development Group (GDG), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Norway, USAID, World Education. We would also like to thank the numerous individuals who support us, either by cash donations at our Vientiane Visitor Center, or through online donations.

There are many people who have benefitted from COPE& CMR's ongoing efforts to provide rehabilitation services in Lao PDR.  To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, COPE is sharing the stories of a few of the many people our teams have helped “move on”….. 

Mr. KhamphanKeomeuang is a 73-year old farmer.  He had bilateral amputation: on his right leg in 1964, following a UXO accident, and inon his left leg in 2015, following a traffic accident in 2015. Khamphan is wearing transtibial prosthesis on his right stump and transfemoral on his left stump. In this photo, he is seen training how to balance and walk with the prostheses with the help from a gait trainer.


At 75, Mr.ThongphengKhamsi is now retired. He had amputation on his right leg during the war in 1964. He is being fitted with a new transtibial prosthesis and is training in the parallel bars with the gait trainer and P&O specialist. This is his fifth prosthesis provided by CMR.

Photo credit: IvanoChelli

Zuk was born with clubfoot on his right side and a leg deformity on his left side. He was only properly diagnosed seven years ago, when he was eight years old. He received surgeries on both his right as well as on the left side. The clubfoot was treated but the deformity needed amputation. The surgeries were done well. For the left side that was amputated Zuk was provided with prosthesis. After the surgery he received physiotherapy for several weeks. Some of the exercises he continued doing at home by himself or with assistance of his mother.


COPE P&O Advisor conducting a PolypropyleneProsthesis refresher course for CMR Bench Technicians (BT).

COPE advisors training O&O staff from the Center for Medical Rehabilitation and Provincial Rehabilitation Centers on new socket design for below knee prosthesis.