HI's objective in Togo is to reduce inequalities to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people, in particular people with disabilities. The organisation aims to promote the development of an inclusive society.
Young boy cured of Buruli ulcer - Humanity & Inclusion Togo | © J-J. Bernard / Handicap International
HI began working in Togo in 1997 in order to assist the country’s physical rehabilitation centres.
Since 1997 our activities have expanded to include: civil society support, road safety, mother and child health, mental health and inclusive education.
Our project with mothers and young babies in the maritime region has been improving neonatal outcomes since 2015. HI has been working with Lomé prisoners since 2014 to humanise conditions and improve social insertion. Newer initiatives include a project to ensure that children with disabilities can attend primary and secondary school and have access to professional training and a nation-wide project to improve support for people with mental health needs at a community level.
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.
Although rich in natural resources such as gold and phosphate, inequality and poverty in Togo remain extremely high, especially among people with disabilities, who face multiple obstacles.
Negative perceptions of disability mean that children with disabilities are often excluded from playing with other children, from school and from other sources of learning. HI is taking action to change this situation, in collaboration with its numerous governmental and non-governmental partners.
The country is likely to face a growing terrorist threat due to its porous borders with Burkina Faso, which has been prey to terrorist attacks since January 2015.
Number of HI staff members: 39
Date the programme opened: 1992