The extreme escalation of bombardment in the besieged area of Eastern Ghouta in the past 48 hours has caused more than 200 civilian deaths and extensive damage to infrastructure – particularly hospitals, clinics and shelters where civilians are taking refuge. 390,000 civilians are besieged under heavy shelling, airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks in the enclave of Eastern Ghouta, with dwindling water, food and medical supplies.
HI is improving health facilities for pregnant women and newborns in the maritime region of Togo. Thanks to these interventions, neonatal mortality is expected to fall by 20% by the end of 2019.
Following revelations of unacceptable behaviour by humanitarian personnel, HI has warned that such acts cannot be tolerated or justified under any circumstances.
Following ongoing clashes in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 10,000 people, mostly Congolese, have taken refuge in the south and southwest of Burundi since 24th January 2018. HI is preparing to launch an emergency response in aid of these refugees.
HI has completed its demining operations in the Tshopo, Ituri, Bas-Uele and Haut-Uele provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), launched in January 2016. Over a two-year period, HI and its local partner, AFRILAM (Africa for Anti-Mine Action) cleared 34,520 m2 of land of mines, the equivalent of 5 football pitches, benefiting the 5,600 inhabitants in the region.
- Democratic Republic of Congo
New humanitarian standards launched for inclusion of older people and people with disabilities 14/02/18
A new set of inclusion standards that provide humanitarian organisations with guidance to ensure older people and people with disabilities are not marginalised in emergency responses has been launched on 7th February.
Introducing our new brand and answering your questions about the changes.
- United Kingdom
Mine action in 2018 24/01/18
Developments in mine clearance largely reflect recent changes in working environments. Thomas Hugonnier, head of Mine Action at HI, explains how this currently affects our mine clearance operations.
- East Timor
HI physiotherapist, Farhana, works in Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, which has become one of the largest refugee settlements in the world. Ibrahim is one of more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees who fled when violence broke out in Myanmar in August 2017 and one of many who sustained life-changing injuries. Farhana shares her experience of meeting Ibrahim and the progress they have made.
Tune in to BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 24th December at 07.55am to hear the broadcaster and journalist Mike Wooldridge make the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Handicap International UK.
- United Kingdom
This year, HI launched the “Idmag” project in Egypt, where the organisation is advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. The project’s manager, Kazem Hemeida, explains why this sort of initiative is so important.
Ali, 4, lives in Jordan. He has cerebral palsy and, for the last few months, he has been visiting an HI partner centre, where he benefits from physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions.
Naayem is 35. In 2013, she fled the conflict in Syria with her family and took refuge in Jordan. After having her leg amputated as a young girl, she now benefits from the support of HI, which has fitted her with a new prosthesis.
Since 2016, Handicap International (HI) has been working closely with local and international humanitarian organisations in Jordan to ensure that services and initiatives in camps and communities are accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities. The organisation’s work in this field has already benefited a large number of people.
The latest version of the Fair ‘n Square website, which was first launched in 2015 by Handicap International (HI) in conjunction with UNICEF, looks at the ways in which children and adults with disabilities in Mozambique are discriminated against on a daily basis.