ALERT – World Humanitarian Day: A Humanitarian Aid Accessible For All | August 19, 2016

On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, Handicap International reaffirms its engagement to make humanitarian aid accessible to every affected people without distinction. In emergency situations, many vulnerable people do not get sufficient assistance, because of their disability or their isolation. Ecuador, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, Yemen, Ukraine, Middle-East, Sierra Leone, Libya, […]

On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day, Handicap International reaffirms its engagement to make humanitarian aid accessible to every affected people without distinction.

In emergency situations, many vulnerable people do not get sufficient assistance, because of their disability or their isolation.

Ecuador, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, Yemen, Ukraine, Middle-East, Sierra Leone, Libya, Philippines… millions are currently affected by epidemics, disasters and war. In these situations, persons with disabilities, elderly persons, isolated persons are the most disadvantaged. 75% of people with disabilities do not have sufficient access to humanitarian aid.

© Benoit Almeras / Handicap International
© Benoit Almeras / Handicap International

Since its foundation, Handicap International has put its expertise to serve the most vulnerable persons. In 2015 only, our association supported 740,000 people in 24 countries; almost half of them are Syrian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

Handicap International repairs the lives of the people affected by humanitarian crises, by providing technical support to hospitals and health staff; rehabilitation to people who have been injured or disabled; and psychosocial support to those living with the trauma.

Logistics platform to reach the most remote areas

Lastly, Handicap International seeks to extend the reach of the humanitarian organizations. Through logistics platforms, Handicap International allows its partners to access the most difficult terrains.

The organization currently runs two logistics platform in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and in the Central African Republic. Handicap International sets up networks of transporters to help international organizations efficiently reach the most isolated people.

Read the interview of Ricardo Pla Cordero, Handicap International’s technical adviser for inclusion in humanitarian action, on Mashable, 6 facts that reveal how humanitarian aid is failing people with disabilities“.


A charter to enforce the better inclusion of disabled people

Handicap International advocated for the adoption of a charter promoting a better inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian aid. Launched during the World Humanitarian Summit of Istanbul (23rd and 24th of May), the charter was endorsed by 128 humanitarian organizations and States so far.

Read the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.


 


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