The Australian Rotary Club has donated 200 prosthetic arms worth around US$100,000 to people with disabilities in Laos.
Recipients of the arms, who required them due to UXO accidents, had them placed by medical technicians on February 20-21 at the Center for Medical Rehabilitation in Vientiane Capital, said Mr Bouakhone Phengphakdy, project coordinator of the Laos Rotary Club, during an interview on February 21.
Almost 40 disabled people from Xieng Khuang (13 people), Luang Prabang (five people), and Vientiane Capital (20 people) received the prosthetic arms.
Another 40 disabled people from the provinces of Savannakhet and Khammuan have registered and will receive prosthetic arms on February 22-23 at the Center for Medical Rehabilitation in Kaysone district, Savannakhet Province.
More than 60 people with disabilities in Champassak Province who have registered for prosthetic arms will receive them on February 24-25 at the Provincial Public Health Center.
Some recipients received only one arm, but in cases where both arms had been lost, prosthetics were provided for both, according to Mr Bouakhone.
This was the first year that the Australian Rotary Club has donated prosthetic arms to people living with disabilities in Laos.
Source: Lao News Agency