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4/13/2018 3:53:08 PM

Relaunching the Quang Tri’s orthopedic workshop

(VNF) - Irish Aid's funding to 'Project RENEW' will support some 250 people with disabilities to have access to prosthetics and orthotics services which are provided by the newly re-launched Orthopedic Workshop in the central province of Quang Tri.

Representatives of Quang Tri Department of Foreign Affairs, Project RENEW, Provincial General Hospital, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Department participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to relaunch the workshop. (Photos: Irish Embassy in Vietnam)

The Quang Tri Orthopedic Workshop was re-launched on April 12th, following a ribbon​-cutting ceremony participated ​in ​by representatives of Project RENEW, Department of Health​, and Department of Foreign Affairs ​with Quang Tri Provincial General Hospital.

After six years of suspension for construction of a new provincial hospital and training of new technicians in Hanoi, ​the Orthopedic Workshop has been restored to full operation​al capacity thanks to support from Project RENEW, a group of private donors in the U.S. who have supported Project RENEW’s victim assistance program for many years.

Sufficiently equipped and staffed, the workshop now allows easier access for local residents who can come to the facility for services. It also serves as a central​ised and convenient ​base of operation​s for RENEW’s Prosthetics and Orthotics Mobile​ ​Outreach program which is funded by Irish Aid. So far, nearly 2,000 persons with disabilities have been​ ​provided with prostheses and other assistive devices to restore their mobility and reintegrate into​ ​community.

Representatives of Project RENEW and Quang Tri General Hospital tour the new workshop.

Chuck Searcy, International Advisor of Project RENEW, talks with amputee Do Van Tu, 29-year-old father of three, who comes to the Orthopedic Workshop for examination and casting of a new limb to replace his old one which has degraded after four years of use.

Amputee Do Van Tu's stump is being cast by the workshop's technician.

Once heavily devastated during wartime and still facing a daily threat from post-war UXO, Quang Tri was the first province in Vietnam to receive international assistance for humanitarian mine action in 1996.

Project RENEW was created as a partnership between the government of Quang Tri Province and an American veterans organisation, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), to focus mainly on one tragic legacy of the war that was still killing and injuring people every week: bombs and mines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) left over from the war. 

Project RENEW combines UXO clearance and survey work -- trained, professional teams cleaning up bombs and mines every day - with risk education, teaching children and adults how to be safe, how to avoid accident and injury, how to report dangerous ordnance immediately when they find it so our teams can come and safely dispose of it.

One of Project RENEW’s missions is to help victims who have already been injured by accidents caused by bombs and mines. The project provides medical care and rehabilitation, prosthetic limbs and other orthopedic devices to assist amputees to walk again, vocational training and job creation for people with disabilities./.

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