Humanity & Inclusion has deployed major emergency response interventions in Haiti, in particular after the earthquake which hit in January 2010 and the hurricane in October 2016. The organisation also implements development projects, focused on 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 | © William Daniels / HI
In order to compensate for the lack of local expertise in rehabilitation (before the earthquake, there were only 13 trained physiotherapists in the country), Humanity & Inclusion trains rehabilitation professionals who have not undergone official training. The organisation also works to improve access to quality rehabilitation and provide support (in particular organisational and technical support) to health structures.
Humanity & Inclusion implements projects to better prepare and protect vulnerable people, in particular people with disabilities, in the event of a natural disaster. The organisation raises the awareness of the authorities, civil security organisations and project partners, and provides them with training to ensure they take the most vulnerable people into account in their interventions.
Humanity & Inclusion also improves the professional inclusion of people with disabilities, notably by raising the awareness of training centres and employers of people with disabilities' potential to undertake a professional activity.
Finally, in order to improve road safety in Haiti, Humanity & Inclusion raises the population's awareness of the dangers on the road and ways of improving people with disabilities' access to public transport.
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and suffers from chronic political instability. The needs vary widely between the different areas of the country and the different populations concerned. It is frequently affected by hurricanes and earthquakes, weakening an already vulnerable population and further damaging the defective infrastructure.
In the capital, Port-au-Prince, the needs are huge due to the severe unemployment, which is particularly high amongst young people, the rising cost of essential foodstuffs, insecurity, and poor access to water, education and healthcare. In rural areas, there is a stark lack of services (schools, health centres etc.) which make the population highly vulnerable to natural disasters (cyclones, floods, drought). In this context of widespread poverty, people with disabilities are particularly badly affected and their basic needs, such as access to food, drink, housing, health care, orthopaedic fitting, security, are often not met.