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 | © William Daniels / HI
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.
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.