“When I go back home, I will continue my dream and apply to be a teacher at the school in my village”


23 years old

Siphengphanh has just graduated from teacher training college in Luang Prabang province.

“My childhood dream was to be a teacher and when I finished high school I studied at teacher training college for three years. In my last year, just a few months before I obtained my diploma, I fell and hurt my leg and couldn’t walk. I went to see a doctor who said there was poor blood circulation in my leg. I stayed in hospital for over two months for treatment but my leg became infected and got worse and worse until I had to have my leg amputated to save my life. On 23rd November 2016, I had my leg amputated at the 150 hospital in Vientiane, the same day as my graduation at the teacher training college.

It was very difficult to move around and I thought my dream to be a teacher would not come true due to my disability. However, luckily the doctor told me about CMR and COPE.

I stayed for another two months in the hospital and on 9th March 2017 I moved to the rehabilitation centre. I needed more treatment on my leg initially before I could be fitted with a new prosthetic leg but on 15th May 2017, I received a new leg and learned how to walk over the next two weeks. After my operation, I thought I would never walk again but now I have hope again for the future. When I go back home, I will continue my dream and apply to be a teacher at the school in my village.

On behalf of people with disabilities, thank you to CMR and COPE for providing services for us. Thank you!”


Quality Management Seminar

The objective of the seminar was to align Lao-context quality clinical audit tools to global World Health Organisation standards.