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  Protheses Factories by Handicap Technicians



General Chatichai Choonhavan Foundation has been performing humanitarian demining operation in Thai-Cambodian border for the last 5 years. It is evident to us that there are a lot of people who are affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). Many of them are disabled by those explosives in the contaminated areas.

There is some assistance from the governmental organization and other NGO?s for example The Prosthetic Foundation, under the royal patronage of the late Princess Mother Sri Nagarindhra continues to provide mobile prosthetic services in remote areas. But the problems of providing adequate health care for the survivours still exist.

Nam Yun District, Ubon Ratchathani Province and Aranyaprathet District, Sa Kaeo Province are areas which are bordering the Thai-Cambodian border. Both of them have largely been contaminated by Cambodian guerrilla groups who used them as base in the 1980s and 1990s. The contaminations are caused by artillery and mortar shells fired by Vietnamese and Cambodian government forces and caches of abandoned mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition left by Cambodian guerrilla groups.

People living in the areas are directly affected by the landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO); they cannot use the forest resources, cropland and pasture, and water sources where mines and UXO have been found. This means that they are less able to provide income for their family.

Apart from earning income for their families, the disables also need to be trained in maintaining the state of their prostheses, basic medical care including physical therapy, and vocational training. Those skills are needed for them in order to reintegrate themselves back to the society and for them to be able to earn more income for their family.

General Chatichai Choonhavan Foundation identified the problems and took the initiatives in trying to better the situation of all those people in the affected areas by founding a ?Prostheses Factories run by Handicap Technicians project?.

The project main objectives were to:

Set up two prostheses factories; one at Baan Pad Umm Nam Yun District, Ubon Ratchathani Province and another one at Baan Kok Sabang Aranyaprathet District, Sa Kaeo Province.

  1. Train ten handicap technicians. Five Ubon Ratchathani Province and another five from Sa Kaeo Province. They were trained by Dr. Therdchai  Jivacate from The Prosthetic Foundation, under the royal patronage of the late Princess Mother Sri Nagarindhra.
  2. Those technicians go back and operate from their respective factories, providing services to all those needing a new prostheses or a repair on their present one.
Both of our prostheses factories are providing services free of charge to patients of all races, nationalities and religions. For example, Nam Yun District, Ubon Ratchathani Province is located close to ?Emerald Triangle? a joint economic development zone between Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Thailand. There is no discrimination on patients and services provided.

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