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Haiti

The organisation implements development projects to promote access to rehabilitation care and the professional and social inclusion of people with disabilities.

Fymee and Moise both lost legs in the 2010 earthquake, Humanity & Inclusion Haiti

Fymee and Moise both lost legs in the 2010 earthquake, Humanity & Inclusion Haiti | © William Daniels / HI

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To address a local rehabilitation skills shortage, HI trains rehabilitation professionals who have not had formal training. The organisation promotes access to quality rehabilitation services and provides support (including organisational and technical support) to health facilities.

HI implements projects to strengthen the preparedness and protection of vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, faced with the risk of natural disasters. The organisation raises the awareness of and trains the authorities, civil security personnel and project partners to take the most vulnerable people into account in their work.  

In addition, HI strengthens the professional inclusion of people with disabilities, including by making training centres and employers aware of the professional potential of people with disabilities.

Finally, in order to improve road safety in Haiti, HI raises awareness of road hazards and promotes access to public transport for people with disabilities.

Since August, HI has also been working to limit the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable - including people with disabilities - by ensuring their access to care, meeting their basic needs, providing respiratory therapy to young children or psychosocial support to adults.

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

Haitian earthquake victim Moïse is back on the football pitch
© Davide Preti/HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

Haitian earthquake victim Moïse is back on the football pitch

Moïse, who is 14 years old, lost his leg in 2010 when Haiti was struck by a powerful earthquake. With support from Humanity & Inclusion (HI), he has now been fitted with a prosthesis. He meets the HI team regularly to ensure regular adjustments can be made as he grows.

Haiti: 11 years on, HI continues to ensure access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities
© Nadia Todres/HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

Haiti: 11 years on, HI continues to ensure access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities

After Haiti was hit by an earthquake on January 12th 2010, Humanity & Inclusion (HI) launched one the biggest emergency responses in its history. The organisation continues to provide support to people with disabilities today.

"I heard Moïse crying under the rubble"
© Davide Preti/HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

"I heard Moïse crying under the rubble"

Moïse was four years old when he lost his left leg in the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12th January 2010.

Background

Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Haiti

Among the poorest countries in the world, Haiti suffers chronic political instability. Needs vary enormously depending on the areas and populations concerned. Frequent hurricanes and earthquakes increase the vulnerability of the population and damage already weak infrastructure. The COVID pandemic has only aggravated an already dramatic humanitarian situation.

In Port-au-Prince, the capital, needs are immense, due primarily to high youth unemployment, price inflation, particularly of essential foodstuffs, insecurity, and poor access to water, education and medical care. Under-serviced rural communities, which lack schools, health centres and other facilities, are highly vulnerable to natural disasters including cyclones, floods and droughts. In this context of widespread poverty, the situation of people with disabilities is even more alarming and their most basic needs, such as food, shelter, health care, access to orthopaedic-fitting equipment and safety, are often not met.

Number of HI staff members: 48

Date programme opened: 2008

Where we work