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The shocking story of one-year-old Ali 05/07/17

In April 2017, one-year-old Ali and his family were used as human shields in Mosul, Iraq. Caught in a bombing, Ali was severely injured and both his parents and brother were killed. The baby boy is currently being treated at a hospital south of Mosul. His aunt and uncle are taking care of him and Khaled, an HI physiotherapist, is supporting Ali’s recovery.

  • Iraq

New factsheets on the added value of physical rehabilitation 05/07/17

Seven new factsheets on the added value of rehabilitation, aimed at improving the awareness and understanding of the role that rehabilitation can play in global health, and looking at current and future trends.


Mosul: Over 1 million people displaced since the beginning of the offensive 29/06/17

In October 2016, the Iraqi armed forces launched a military offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq. Since then, over one million civilians have been displaced.  Two weeks ago, the final assault was launched on Mosul’s Old City, where hundreds of thousands of people were still trapped and where the fighting has considerably intensified. Handicap International describes the situation as extremely alarming.

  • Iraq

Changing the lives of disabled people in South Sudan 28/06/17

Aleema Shivji, Executive Director of Handicap International UK, explains how the Humanitarian Disability Charter is making vital change in the lives of people with disability living in crises.

  • United Kingdom
  • South Sudan

Crisis in DR Congo: “We go days without food or sleep” 16/06/17

More than two million people have been affected by the humanitarian crisis in Grand Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Handicap International has sent emergency specialists to support its teams already working in the field. Sulu Bellarmin, who works as the organisation’s driver and a logistics assistant, tells us what life is like in Kasai.

  • Democratic Republic of Congo

Sri Lanka emergency: Death toll mounts following severe floods 02/06/17

Torrential downpours and flash floods in southwest Sri Lanka over the weekend claimed at least 169 lives. More than half a million people are affected, and 75,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Handicap International’s emergency response experts and the local team in Sri Lanka are evaluating ways to help.

  • Sri Lanka

“He wants to know if his legs will grow back” 18/05/17

On 21st March 2017, 9-year-old Bakr was injured in an air attack in the west of Mosul. After having both of his legs amputated, he is now recovering in a hospital on the outskirts of the city. Handicap International is providing him with physiotherapy care and psychosocial support.

  • Iraq

“No one should be left behind in a crisis” 18/05/17

Aleema Shivji, Executive Director of Handicap International UK, explains how we are keeping up the pressure to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind in humanitarian crises.

  • United Kingdom
  • South Sudan

Zeidan's first ever physiotherapy session 18/05/17

In December 2016, Zeidan, 5, and his family fled the fighting in Mosul and took refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan. Zeidan, who has cerebral palsy, recently had his first ever physiotherapy session, thanks to Handicap International’s team.

  • Iraq

Feeling safe is priceless 18/05/17

Mohamad, 9, was badly injured when his house in Syria was bombed. After initially struggling to adapt to his situation, he is now back at school and enjoying his studies.

  • Jordan
  • Syria

Vulnerable people need protection: Humanitarian crisis in DR Congo 17/05/17

The region of Grand Kasaï in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been the scene of intense violence in recent months. The resulting humanitarian crisis has affected more than two million people. Handicap International’s teams, present in Kananga since 2015, are working to assist the most vulnerable people.

  • Democratic Republic of Congo

Food Crisis: Reaching the most vulnerable people 11/05/17

Across East Africa, hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their homes in search of food and security. With such large numbers on the move and in need of assistance, Handicap international is concerned that some people may fall through the cracks. Our teams in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somaliland are determined not to let this happen.

  • Somaliland
  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia

Print a limb: encouraging results using 3D printed prosthetics 05/05/17

Handicap International has been testing whether computer assisted design and 3D printing can improve access to high-quality artificial limbs. As the first clinical trials in Togo, Madagascar and Syria conclude, we are pleased to announce positive results and the launch of the next phase of this cutting edge research. 

  • Syria
  • Madagascar
  • Togo

Treating malnutrition: lifesaving physiotherapy in response to East Africa food crisis 26/04/17

820,000 children in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Ethiopia are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2017. Handicap International’s pioneering treatment methods will help to ensure that they recover and thrive.

  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia

The impact of your support, two years on from the Nepal earthquake 24/04/17

Handicap International's team took immediate action following the earthquake that struck Nepal on 25th April 2015. Two years on, we review the incredible impact we were able to make, thanks to our donors.

  • Nepal