A fitting session was recently organized for 21 persons with disabilities (PwDs) in Hiep Duc district, Quang Nam province. The session was conducted by the Medical Committee of Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV) in collaboration with Da Nang Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital as part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Inclusion 1 Project.

PwDs in rural areas and poor households have limited access to assistive devices, including prosthetics. The high cost of artificial limbs is partly due to their personalized nature, as they need to be tailored to the body and needs of each individual. Prosthetic and orthotic fitting is a step in the process of providing assistive devices to PwDs in Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, and Quang Nam provinces.

The assistive devices, including prostheses, orthoses, crutches, canes/walking frames, and wheelchairs, were provided based on the recommendations of physical medicine rehabilitation doctors, orthotic therapists, and occupational therapists after assessing the needs of PwDs.

The fitting session aimed to evaluate the suitability, comfort, and functionalities of the devices for PwDs. If the devices did not fit properly, adjustments were made on the spot or returned to the hospital’s orthotics workshop for further adjustments or reproduction before being officially handed over to PwDs.

MCNV was founded in 1968 by a team of dedicated Dutch doctors with the mission to support Vietnam during the resistant war. Over the years, MCNV has diversified its fields of operation, including livelihood improvement, gender equality, rehabilitation, and response to climate change.

The Inclusion 1 project is funded by USAID and implemented by MCNV in collaboration with other partners.

Hannah Nguyen