The Cambodia Trust, a British non-governmental organization (NGO), in partnership with The Nippon Foundation, a private Japanese institution; and the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc. (UERMMMCI), Quezon City, Philippines, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the first O&P school in the Philippines. The Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (PSPO) is the first training center of its kind in the country. The MOU covers a ten-year, $7 million grant for the PSPO curriculum.
“This is a major step forward in building sustainable, locally run rehabilitation services for the estimated 5 percent of Filipinos with disabilities who need prosthetic limbs or orthotics to improve their mobility and enable them to access their rights to education and employment opportunities,” said Carson Harte, Cambodia Trust Executive Director.
The Cambodia Trust, supported by The Nippon Foundation, also runs training schools in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Jakarta.