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Press releases, reports, and information for journalists interested in covering Handicap International's work and the stories of people we support.

Handicap International is often among the first to respond to natural disasters and crises, and we stay behind long afterwards to ensure that disabled people get the long term support they need. We have around 3,500 local staff supporting disabled and vulnerable people worldwide in countries affected by conflict, disaster and poverty.

Handicap International staff regularly offer their insight to the media. We have a wide range of expert spokespeople available for interviews with UK and international journalists. Our press team can facilitate access to Handicap International staff and projects and provide a wide range of high quality reports, case studies, photos and video.

Latest Press Releases

HI working with Unicef to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind 30/11/17

Handicap International (HI) works in several countries to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities and vulnerable individuals in humanitarian assistance. Its action includes awareness-raising, training, the audit of inclusive humanitarian action and support to implement it. In Lebanon, at the request of Unicef, HI is providing assistance to its partners to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities in all hygiene and sanitation projects targeted at Syrian refugees. 

  • Lebanon

Help child amputees live more independent lives this #givingtuesday 27/11/17

This #givingtuesday Handicap International UK is inviting you to help us to raise £3,000, which could provide 100 new prosthetic limbs for children living with disabilities around the world.

  • United Kingdom

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas 24/11/17

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

  • Somaliland and Puntland
  • Central African Republic
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • South Sudan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Niger
  • Sierra Leone
  • Rwanda
  • Togo
  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Chad
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Burundi
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Senegal

Yemen: Escalating humanitarian crisis 24/11/17

More than 5,000 civilians have been killed and 9,000 injured in the conflict in Yemen over the last three years. Although more than 70% of the population (21 million Yemenis) need emergency aid, the blockade imposed on 6th November 2017 has aggravated an already disastrous humanitarian situation[1], preventing the entry of foodstuffs, medical supplies and humanitarian aid. Seven million people are on the brink of famine. Arnaud Pont, Yemen emergency desk officer at Handicap International (HI), explains the gravity of the situation:

  • Yemen

Sanaa: situation to deteriorate rapidly if blockade not lifted 24/11/17

HI works in five health centres and hospitals in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, where it provides rehabilitation care and distributes mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs), among other activities. The impact on the population and humanitarian operations is likely worsen rapidly if the blockade imposed on 6th November 2017 is not lifted. François Olive-Keravec, Yemen programme director at Handicap International (HI), who is currently in Sanaa, describes the situation in the field.

  • Yemen

Psychological support for Rohingya parents and children in refugee camps 23/11/17

Ayesha Begum is 22 years old. In early September, she took refuge in Bangladesh where, with her three children, she joined her brothers in a temporary shelter on the edge of Kutupalong camp. Her husband is dead. She takes part in a parents’ club organised by HI, which provides psychosocial support to mothers living as refugees.

  • Bangladesh

Rohingya crisis: Life as a refugee with a disability 23/11/17

Abu Sadeq is one of 600,000 Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar since 25th August 2017. Seriously injured in an attack, he describes his life in Uchinprang camp, in Bangladesh.

  • Bangladesh

Days in to the blockade – We are running out of fuel, food and medicines 21/11/17

12 days since land, air and seaports in Yemen were closed, aid agencies are appalled by the complacency and indifference of the international community regarding the historic humanitarian disaster now unfolding.

  • Yemen

This Christmas, let's give children like Abdel Rahman a hopeful future 16/11/17

Abdel Rahman was injured in a bombing in Mosul last May which led to the loss of his right leg. He now lives with his family in a tent in Hasansham camp, Iraq, where Handicap International is providing him with rehabilitation care and psychological support. Your donation could provide hope to an innocent child like Abdel Rahman and let them know that someone cares this Christmas.

  • United Kingdom
  • Iraq

Ali is not a human shield. Let's stand together against injustice 16/11/17

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. This Christmas, your donation could let an innocent child like Ali know that someone cares.

  • Iraq

Violence and trauma: the mental health needs of South Sudanese refugees 27/10/17

More than 1 million people have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the outbreak of civil war in 2013. Many have witnessed or experienced violence, including forced displacement, rape and indiscriminate killing. Handicap International (HI) is providing psychosocial support to respond to the complex and urgent mental health needs of refugees. 

  • South Sudan

Rohingya crisis: improving aid distributions 27/10/17

More than 600,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh since 25th August from neighbouring Myanmar. Handicap International is taking emergency action to assist these refugees, who are utterly destitute. Logistics platform coordinator Emmanuel Pajot arrived on the ground two weeks ago to address the logistics and emergency distribution problems related to the crisis. Below, he describes the complexity of the humanitarian situation.

  • Bangladesh

“Rohingya refugees live in inhumane conditions” 26/10/17

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since 25th August from neighbouring Myanmar. Handicap International is providing these refugees, who are utterly destitute, with emergency humanitarian assistance. Gilles Nouziès, manager of Handicap International’s Asia desk, travelled to Bangladesh to organise these activities with our teams. Below, he describes the appalling humanitarian situation.

  • Bangladesh

Rehabilitation in Jordan: “They’ve cared for my body and mind” 25/10/17

Na’elah, 44, used to suffer from serious shoulder pains, significantly reducing her mobility. In recent months, she has been receiving rehabilitation care in one of Handicap International’s partner centres in Jordan. HI's assistance to local health facilities in the country is made possible by the support of UK Aid from the Briish people.

  • Jordan

Kasai in DR Congo: “There’s such poverty. People are utterly destitute.” 23/10/17

Kasai in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by a crisis for over a year. More than two million people have been affected and the situation is getting worse by the day. Bakary Traoré coordinates HI’s actions in the field. Here he explains the situation in the region, his work and what people’s lives are like.

  • Democratic Republic of Congo

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