Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world. People with disabilities often find themselves living in truly tragic circumstances.
Humanity & Inclusion Mobile Rehabilitation Team visits Anie, 12 years old | © Nicolas Früh / Handicap International
Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Madagascar for more than 25 years. After setting up several orthopaedic fitting centres and rehabilitation projects, the organisation has focused on facilitating people with disabilities' access to healthcare, promoting their social participation and upholding their rights, as well as improving the education of children with disabilities.
Humanity & Inclusion works to promote the rights of people with disabilities by strengthening the organisations which represent them. It notably organises training courses and national communications campaigns on the rights of people with disabilities. By raising the awareness of the parents and teachers of school children, it contributes to improving the inclusion of children with disabilities in the education system.
Humanity & Inclusion also runs a mother and child health programme which aims to both reduce mother and infant mortality and increase access to services. Its main interventions in this area are providing training for health personnel, making structures accessible, and offering technical support.
The organisation fights against discriminatory diseases such as epilepsy by running awareness-raising campaigns and providing care to the affected population and building the capacities of healthcare personnel.
Although Madagascar seems to have returned to a period of relative stability after a phase of political unrest, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world.
A new President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, former Minister of Finance under the transitional government, was elected in 2014 heralding a return to institutional normality. The return to constitutional order continues, there are still widespread difficulties, but most stakeholders are clearly determined to turn the page.
There is a high rate of unemployment and people with disabilities face specific difficulties. They are also subject to severe discrimination in their communities. Marginalised, their economic and social inclusion is still complicated. Less than 10% of children with disabilities are in education. This lack of education hinders their social inclusion when they become adults. Mental disability is a particular taboo on the island.