Go to main content

Permanent emergency in Dadaab refugee camp

Emergency Rehabilitation
Kenya

In July 2011, Handicap International launched emergency operations in eastern Kenya in response to a massive influx of refugees from Somalia. Fleeing drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, hundreds of thousands of people settled in the Dadaab camp. With a population of 450,000 people, it became the world’s largest refugee camp. Still present in the camp, Handicap International provided assistance to 12,000 people in 2015.

A child with his father doing puzzle during a psychomotor development session in the Dadaab camp, Kenya

A child with his father doing puzzle during a psychomotor development session in the Dadaab camp, Kenya | © Handicap International

Handicap International had already been working in Dadaab for five years before this new crisis arose. The organisation immediately set up mobile teams to identify people with disabilities, to direct them to existing basic services and to make sure they received the aid they needed. Three Disability and Vulnerability Focal Points were used to provide them with rehabilitation care and advice, as a place to do practical exercises, and to distribute crutches, wheelchairs, etc.

For more than three years, the organisation has trained refugees to conduct physiotherapy sessions and to reproduce basic movements with patients at home. It also raises the awareness of other humanitarian organisations on the rights and needs of people with disabilities and provides them with technical support to better take into account the needs of people with disabilities.

This includes ensuring latrines and water distribution ramps are accessible to people in wheelchairs. Handicap International also combats violence towards people with disabilities by recording incidents and providing victims with legal, psychological and medical follow-up.

Handicap International remains committed to the welfare of children with disabilities and organises fun activities for them, such as making Lego models, completing puzzles, putting objects in a bucket, etc., to promote the development of their psychomotor skills.

Where we work

Read more

Covid-19: HI distributes food kits to more than 1,800 families in Pakistan
© HI
Emergency Health

Covid-19: HI distributes food kits to more than 1,800 families in Pakistan

More than 140,000 people have been affected by Covid-19 in Pakistan. Humanity & Inclusion is assisting the most vulnerable people in the country, including Afghan refugees.

Covid-19 in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan: an alarming situation
© HI
Emergency

Covid-19 in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan: an alarming situation

Humanity & Inclusion works in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, where Covid-19 is spreading at an alarming rate.

New report on Yemen and explosive weapons: A death sentence for civilians
© HI
Emergency Explosive weapons

New report on Yemen and explosive weapons: A death sentence for civilians

Humanity & Inclusion’s new report “Death Sentence to Civilians: The Long-Term Impact of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas in Yemen” demonstrates how bombing in populated areas has wiped out decades of development in the country.

FOLLOW US