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Liberia

In 2016 HI resumed its inclusive education initiatives in Liberia, suspended during the autumn 2014 Ebola outbreak.

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Mobility aid workshop in Monrovia, Liberia | © S. Bonnet / HI

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Since 2008, HI has been working to include children with disabilities in the Liberian education system. HI works with institutional stakeholders to develop inclusive educational policies. In addition, support is provided to the families of children with disabilities and teachers are trained in strategies designed to support their learning. HI also runs a specific project for vulnerable boys and girls without access to primary education.

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African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

West Africa: Inclusive education is first step towards full participation of children with disabilities
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Inclusion

West Africa: Inclusive education is first step towards full participation of children with disabilities

Since 2012, Handicap International has been improving the school enrolment and attendance of 170,000 children with disabilities in nine West African countries through the “Promoting the Full Participation of Children with Disabilities in Education” (APPEHL) project. Sandra Boisseau, who coordinates APPEHL from Dakar, Senegal, explains what the organisation is doing to remove obstacles to education for these children.

Sierra Leone: The fight against Ebola goes on
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Emergency

Sierra Leone: The fight against Ebola goes on

Despite the hopes raised by a sharp drop in the number of contaminations in January, the Ebola virus epidemic is not over yet. Bruno Leclercq, Handicap International’s Field Programme Director in Sierra Leone and Liberia, talked to us about the problems still facing the region and the exceptional commitment shown by the people of Sierra Leone.

Background

Map of HI's interventions in Liberia

Ebola has impacted heavily on Liberia; it is one of the three countries most badly affected by the epidemic which hit West Africa in December 2014. Prior to this outbreak, Liberia was already in a weakened state following years of civil war (1989-2003).

Though Liberia has abundant natural resources – in particular diamonds and gold – it has a very high rate of poverty and ranks 177th (out of 188 countries) on the Human Development Index. The country has only 200 km of tarmaced roads and the capital has very little electricity and no running water. Healthcare infrastructures are also extremely inadequate and have undoubtedly been further weakened by the Ebola epidemic.

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