The overarching goal of Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) is to ensure that people with physical disabilities have local, free access to a quality, nationally-managed rehabilitation service. To do this in a sustainable manner COPE’s strategy has been to partner long term with the Government of Laos' (GOL) Center for Medical Rehabilitation (CMR) through which all Government’s physical rehabilitation work, excluding military personnel, takes place.
COPE and CMR have worked together since 1997, the year COPE was founded, and have developed a strong and productive working relationship. In 1996, the year before COPE was formed, existing services fitted a total of 138 mobility devices throughout Lao PDR. Since 2012, more one thousand orthotic and prosthetic devices are being produced annually. Approximately one third of patients are women and children.
Throughout the last decade, COPE has remained the only charity organization in Lao PDR to offer ongoing support to the GOL’s P&O department. This support has included material and equipment and important technical capacity building and training of GoL prosthetic and orthotic technicians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
In accordance with the consensus statements from the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), COPE introduced polypropylene technology into Lao PDR using the system designed by the International Committee of the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled (ICRC-SFD): this is a tried and tested technology for robust, individually-made, high quality, low-cost devices.
In order to reach people with disabilities, many of whom live in remote and rural locations, COPE works through the GOL’s system of regional networks, with the main rehabilitation centre in Vientiane supporting satellite Provincial Rehabilitation Centres (PRCs) in four provinces: Luang Prabang, Xiang Khuang, Savannakhet and Champassak.
COPE opened a Visitor Center in 2008 with the aim to increase awareness about disability in Laos and highlight the amazing work that is being done to help people with disabilities lead full and productive lives. It also presents the unexploded ordnance (UXO) problem in Laos and how it links in with disability. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00-18:00 and is suitable for all ages. We also run a cafe and gift shop. All profit generated from the Visitor Center goes back into the rehabilitation project.
COPE's office and administration of the project is undertaken in Vientiane and is independently audited.
Statement on CEO
After nearly 10 years of serving as COPE CEO, Bounlanh Phayboun has decided to commence a succession process for her role, with succession planned for early 2017. Read more...
COPE CLOSED July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
IMPORTANT: COPE Visitor Centre will be closed from Saturday, July 16 to Wendesday, July 20, 2016. We will reopen on Thursday, July 21st. Please plan your visit accordingly.
Please be informed, COPE Visitor Centre will be closed on 1st May 2016, for International Labor's Day. We will reopen on 2nd May 2016. Sorry for any inconvenience.
COPE news of December 2015
COPE newsletter of December 2015 is out now, please click here to read more.........
International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3rd December 2015
To mark this important day, COPE is sharing the stories of a few of the many people our teams have helped "move on".....Please click here to read more.......
COPE celebrated the1st August day.
COPE joined the celebration for the 5th anniversary of the Entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 1st August .....Click here to read more........
COPE Visitor Centre will be closed on 2nd December 2015 for the Lao National Day. We will be reopening on the next day, 3rd December 2015.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
COPE is now hiring a short-term senior finance and accounting consultant, please click here for more information.....
COPE VC will be closed on 30th July 2015
COPE Visitor Center will be closed on 30th July 2015 for Begin of the Buddhist Lent. We will reopen on the 31th July 2015.
Sorry for any inconvenience
COPE is seeking for a rehabilitation advisor to join the COPE team, please click here to read more detail... closing date 25 July 2015
COPE News of June 2015
COPE newsletter of June 2015 is out now. Please click here to read more........
COPE-CMR Annual Workshop 2015
The result of the second large-scale survey among COPE's beneficiaries were.............Click here to read more
COPE Visitor Centre and the COPE Office will be closed on International Labor Day
Please note that the COPE Visitor Centre will be closed on Friday, 1st May 2015 for International Labor Day. We will reopen on Saturday the 2nd May 2015.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
COPE News of March 2015
COPE Newsletter of the first quarter for 2015 is out now, please click here to read more..........
COPE Annual Report 2014
We are pleased to introduce COPE's first annual report. Please Click here to learn more about COPE's activities between January and December 2013.
COPE News of December is out now
Please click here to read COPE news of December 2014
A visiting of Danish Prince
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COPE news of November 2014 is out now
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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 :-)
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