The Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (Vietnam) – Member of Apos – Asia


With its 83 million inhabitants and a history of resent wars, Vietnam faces an immense problem in rehabilitating its disabled population Vietnam has endured in recent decades. Referring to data and calculation procedures of the world health Organization( WHO) one may estimate 0.5% of the population or 415,000 individuals are in need of technical health care.

A former project by German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in partnership with MOLISA and ULSA from 1994- 2006 laid the foundation for VIETCOT’s ongoing work. After three year of construction, a school well equipments with tool and machinery meeting international O&P standards opened in October 1997.

3 Year training course Vietcot offers a training content based on the standards of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and the WHO, with the goal of preparing students to qualify as ISPO Category II “Orthopaedic Technologists”. Classroom teaching comprises biomechanics, technical drawing and drafting, anatomy, physical science, lab technology, material technology, mathematics and CAD-CAM introduction includes lower extremity orthotics and lower limb prosthetics at all levels of amputation in the second year, while the third year is exclusively geared toward gaining clinical experience (1607 hours). In addition, the students fulfill an intensive six– months clinical placement, providing supervised orthotic and prosthetic patient care in an outside rehabilitation center (880 hours).

18 – month Course in Lower-Upper Limb-Spinal Orthotic-Prosthetic Technology Several recent surveys and professional studies examining the availability and quality of services for people with disabilities in Vietnam highlighted deficiencies in both professional clinical care and equipment. To address this issues, VIETCOT is complementing its three-year programme by running specialist courses for practising professionals. A similar approach has already been successful in the training institutions TATCOT in Tanzania and PIPOS in Pakistan

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