Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR) and the Liliane Fund have already been working in close collaboration in Southeast Asia. For These shoes are made for walking, they joined forces with Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, the Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (VIETCOT) from Vietnam and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), stationed in Brussels.
Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR), established in 1967, is a Dutch NGO for the control of leprosy and the rehabilitation of persons with general disabilities, supporting programs in 9 countries. NLR will contribute its expertise and extensive network in the field of rehabilitation of adults in Southeast Asia.
Liliane Foundation, started as a private initiative in 1980, is today an established Dutch NGO collaborating with local partner organisations in over 30 countries to assist more than 85,000 children and youth with disabilities per year. Liliane Foundation will contribute its expertise and an extensive network in the field of rehabilitation of children and youth in Southeast Asia.
The Orthopaedic Engineering & Podiatry faculty at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, trains orthopaedic footwear technicians. Offering a variety of courses and modules in the field, Fontys is one of the world’s top training institutes in orthopaedic shoe technology.
The Vietnamese Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (VIETCOT) is a faculty of the University of Labour and Social Affairs in Hanoi, Vietnam. VIETCOT offers international training courses in Orthotics and Prosthetics in accordance with International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) standards. NLR has a long-term relationship with VIETCOT and has sponsored several candidates for its prosthetics and orthotics courses.
The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) is an international organization of orthopaedic professionals founded in 1970, aiming to improve the quality of life for persons who may benefit from prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices. In this project, ISPO will provide a quality framework for the new orthopaedic shoe-making course at VIETCOT, and ensure it is in accordance with internationally recognized standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO).