Handicap International is working in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to advance the rights of people with disabilities and victims of landmines and explosive remnants of war, and to promote their inclusion in society.
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Handicap International supports victims of landmines and explosive remnants of war and people with disabilities and provides them with healthcare and rehabilitation. It trains and gives financial support to Disabled People's Organisations to ensure people with disabilities take part in community life and feel more included in society.
Handicap International supports actors from NGO members of a consortium that works to improve contingency plans for natural disasters, in order to ensure the needs of people with disabilities and the vulnerable are taken into account in emergency preparation plans and are able to protect themselves in the event of a disaster.
Finally, since 1984, Handicap International has been working in the Burmese refugee camps on the Myanmar-Thailand border. The organisation has set up rehabilitation centres, where it provides people with disabilities with mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, walking frames and crutches, which are all made or repaired in workshops within the five camps. Furthermore, Handicap International ensures that people with disabilities have access to services, such as health care and education, and that they can work to support their basic needs. The organisation also carries out awareness-raising on the risk of landmines, which can be found along the whole length of the border with Thailand.
According to the report by the International Campaign for Banning Landmines (ICBL), Myanmar is one of the countries with the most victims of mines and unexploded remnants of war.
Indeed, more than 3,400 people have been killed or injured since 1999. At least 101 new accidents caused by mines or explosive remnants of war were recorded in 2013.
No demining work has yet been undertaken, although President Htin Kyaw’s regime recognises the scale of the issue. Myanmar remains the only regime in the world to regularly use anti-personnel mines.