An estimated 100,000 amputees are currently living in Vietnam, with an additional 2,000 men, women and children losing limbs each year due to the 2.2 million unexploded ordnance and landmines left over from the Vietnam War. Since 2009, the Mercer On Mission Vietnam program has fit more than 6,000 amputees. All that is keeping us from helping more amputees to walk again is funding. You can help. Each prosthetic leg costs about $150. All gifts raised through this site go to materials to make more prosthetics.

You can make a gift online here.



Vietnam - Engineering

***Applications are closed.


Academic CoursesVietnam 2013

  • EGR 292/BME 492/BME 592: "Prosthetic Design, Biomechanics of Amputees, and Clinical Fitting of Prosthetics" 

  • EGR 291/BME 491/BME 591: "Instrumentation and Fitting for Prosthetics"  

***Students will register for one class from Dr. Vo and one class from Dr. Kunz.


  • Dr. Richard Kunz, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. Ha Van Vo, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • Co-teaching: Dr. Ed O'Brien, Professor and Chair, Biomedical Engineering; Dr. Lawrence Webb, Traumatologist/Orthopedic Surgeon, Navicent Health, The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Program HighlightsVietnam 2013 2

Service Project Description:

  • Fitting the Mercer Universal Prostheses for amputees
  • Teaching and training patients to walk with the prosthetic devices
  • Follow-up on patients during 1 to 2 weeks of occupational training
  • Data collection for each patient during the training period using F-scan system
  • Expose Mercer students to Vietnamese culture through sightseeing and attending one or more cultural programs during the stay
  • Visit one or more local hospitals in Vietnam
  • Treating orthopedic patients
  • Physical therapy for patients' rehabilitation
  • Charity work with poor and needy: distribution of food and medications.


Tentative Excursion: Local tours during weekends

Tentative Travel  Dates:  TBA

Contact Information

For more information, e-mail or call (478) 301-2992.