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HI works in Ethiopia to improve access for vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, to humanitarian services. The organisation also aims to improve people with disabilities' inclusion in society; making sure that the children with disabilities can go to school and that adults with disabilities are able to work and participate in community life.

A blind girl learns Braille at school

A blind girl learns Braille at school | © M. Feltner / Handicap International

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HI is currently working to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people in Ethiopia and to ensure inclusion of refugees and internally displaced persons. For example, the organisation provides stimulation physiotherapy for malnourished babies and children in refugee camps, to stimulate their growth and reduce the risk of developmental delay.  HI also conducts house-to-house visits to identify girls not attending school to allow them to access an education.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.

Areas of intervention

Latest stories

COVID-19 in Ethiopia: No customers, no income for Mohamed a father of 10
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Emergency Health

COVID-19 in Ethiopia: No customers, no income for Mohamed a father of 10

The entire city of Fafan is under lockdown, and Mohamed fears for his family and is stressed that the pandemic might extend in the region. Humanity & Inclusion is there to support him.  

Due to COVID businesses have stopped and so have livelihoods
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Emergency Health Prevention

Due to COVID businesses have stopped and so have livelihoods

Many vulnerable people like Meryam in Ethiopia depend on their own business to live. Due to lockdown measures, no business means no food. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) helps her. Mutual assistance is key, Meryam says.

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.


Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Ethiopia

The second largest country in terms of population in Africa, Ethiopia has 112 million inhabitants. Its demographic weight has been increased by the constant influx of refugees whose essential needs are barely met.

Ethiopia has long been considered as a stable country, but deep clan tensions and inter-communal violence persist. With recent political changes and subsequent unrest, it is hard to predict whether the relative stability will last. Two decades of deadly conflict in the southeastern region of Ogaden have had a severe impact on the Ethiopian ethnic Somali population.

Ethiopia is periodically facing terrible droughts. This leads without exception to large numbers of people in need of humanitarian assistance. EG from 2.9 million (2015) to 8.4 million in 2019. The country hosts people displaced by cross-border movements due to drought, conflict, political upheaval and civil wars in neighbouring countries (Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan). There are also large numbers of internally displaced persons, initially forced to move due to drought.

Over the last 15 years, Ethiopia has undergone significant economic and social changes and has recorded some of the highest growth rates in the world-over 10 % in some years. However, Ethiopia’s Human Development Index and its relative ranking have not moved significantly during the past decade. Health services are limited, notably those dedicated to people with disabilities. Ethiopia is also one of the Sub-Saharan African countries the worst affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Number of Handicap International staff members: 60

Date the programme opened: 1986

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