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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

Our actions

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.

Areas of intervention

Latest stories

"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.

Haiti: 10 years after the earthquake
© William Daniels/HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

Haiti: 10 years after the earthquake

Haiti has not been spared in the last 10 years. The devastating earthquake in 2010, followed by a powerful hurricane in 2016, added to serious political instability that continues to paralyse the country today. In 2010, HI deployed one of its largest humanitarian aid operations in Haiti. It still makes a major contribution today to strengthening the local physical rehabilitation network.

Climate Change: A major threat to the world’s most vulnerable
© Jéthro-Claudel Pierre Jeanty/HI
Emergency

Climate Change: A major threat to the world’s most vulnerable

An increase in climate-related disasters is having a disproportionate impact on people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, putting HI's work under pressure.

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.

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.

Where we work