Humanity & Inclusion works in Ethiopia to improve access for vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, to humanitarian aid. The organisation also aims to improve people with disabilities' inclusion in society by facilitating their access to services, notably education for children with disabilities.
A blind girl learns Braille at school | © M. Feltner / Handicap International
Humanity & Inclusion is currently working to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people in Ethiopia and the inclusion of refugees and internally displaced persons.
For example, the organisation holds psychosocial support sessions, or stimulation physiotherapy for malnourished children, to stimulate their growth and reduce the risk of developmental delay. It also supports projects for procuring drinking water to cover the population's essential needs.
The second largest country in terms of population in Africa, Ethiopia has 100 million inhabitants. Its demographic weight has been increased by the constant influx of refugees whose essential needs are barely met.
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. This number has constantly increased due to the ongoing conflicts in neighbouring countries and the food crisis which has affected the region since 2011. According to the United Nations, the country will continue to take in large numbers of asylum seekers from neighbouring countries due to its geographic location and the weather events and geopolitical events in the region.
Ethiopia is experiencing a significant economic boom. However, the health situation remains fragile and 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 Humanity & InclusionV/AIDS epidemic.