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Haiti

HI implements projects in Haiti 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 in Haiti, 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 2020, 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

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Mobile units in Haiti: HI reaches out to isolated patients
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Emergency Health Rehabilitation

Mobile units in Haiti: HI reaches out to isolated patients

In Haiti, some earthquake survivors are struggling to access the services they need. Mobile units allow those services to come to them.

Emergency Mental health in Haiti: Supporting earthquake survivors
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Emergency Health

Emergency Mental health in Haiti: Supporting earthquake survivors

As mental health needs remain high among earthquake survivors, Humanity & Inclusion plans to expand its support to new communities.

Haiti earthquake two months on: HI’s emergency response continues
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Emergency Rehabilitation

Haiti earthquake two months on: HI’s emergency response continues

The earthquake that hit Haiti claimed thousands of lives and caused widespread desolation. HI is actively responding and has already provided 1,200 rehabilitation sessions to people injured.

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