CSPO is sharing its established educational resources with other low-income countries who also need these special professionals.

Disability in low-income countries

village in Cambodia
Especially for people with disability living in a rural area, it is impossible to access services without help. They often get excluded from the community.

An estimated 80% of the world’s disabled people live in the low-income countries. Most are poor and find difficulty in accessing health and rehabilitation services which can lead to their exclusion from society.

In many low-income countries, there is a severe lack of expertise in the area of prosthetics and orthotics. Yet these skills are vital for physically disabled people, whether man or woman, adult or child, civilian or military. Frequently they are amongst the poorest of the poor.

With appropriate rehabilitation services the majority of disabled people can become contributors to society and allocating resources to their rehabilitation is an “Investment”.

South – South collaboration

P&O working in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan post graduate sharing his knowledge with his colleague as the only certified Prosthetist - Orthotist at his center

Many of our supporters are proud to note that “CSPO is a wonderful model of South-South collaboration!!”

CSPO is located in Cambodia which is one of the poorest countries in the world, but since we started the school in 1994, we have established educational resources to share with and help other low-income countries who also need these special professionals.

CSPO has hosted students from many countries including: Afghanistan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), East Timor, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and The Philippines, as well as Cambodia.

International graduates have returned back to their countries and are working to develop national prosthetics and orthotics services.

Multi-cultural learning environment

CSPO exposes students to a multi-cultural learning environment.

A mix of nationalities is not only present in the student body, but also in the lecturing teams.

Students learn academic subjects, technical and clinical skills, as well as how to work with people from different cultures. Students support one another through-out their education at CSPO. This applies not only to their studies but also to their daily lives. This encourages inclusion on issues of gender, culture, race and disability.