Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest countries. People with disabilities often live in extremely challenging circumstances.
Humanity & Inclusion Mobile Rehabilitation Team visits Anie, 12 years old | © Nicolas Früh / Handicap International
HI has been working in Madagascar for more than 30 years. The organisation has set up orthopaedic-fitting centres and implemented several rehabilitation projects, and now facilitates access to care for people with disabilities, promotes their social inclusion and advances their rights.
We implement various projects and always place people with disabilities and vulnerable individuals at the centre of our activities. The organisation therefore strives, for example, to develop an "education-training" continuum to promote equal opportunities for young people with disabilities to succeed throughout their educational and learning careers.
HI also implements a mother and infant health programme to reduce mother and new-born mortality and improve access to services and implements a community-based prevention and response strategy to improve the mental health of people in psychosocial distress and/or suffering from mental health disorders.
HI supports emergency humanitarian response, and this year has helped people adapt their behaviour to the Covid-19 pandemic while building the response and preparedness capacities and economic and psychological resilience of affected people.
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.
Despite the return of stability after a period of political turmoil, Madagascar remains one of the world’s poorest countries.
The country elected a new president in 2018 and, despite numerous difficulties, is returning to constitutional rule. Most actors are clearly determined to make a fresh start.
Unemployment remains high, particularly among people with disabilities, who also suffer a high level of discrimination within their communities. They are marginalised and face serious obstacles to their economic and social inclusion. Fewer than ten percent of children with disabilities are enrolled in school. Mental disability is particularly taboo on the island.
Number of HI staff members: 128
Date programme opened: 1986