FEEDBACK – Six years after the earthquake, Handicap International is still working with the most vulnerable in Haiti | January 12, 2016

On 12 January 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing over 230,000 people and injuring over 300,000. In order to help the victims, Handicap International deployed unprecedented amounts of resources. Today, the association is continuing its work with the Haitian people. Sustained support for rehabilitation activities in Haiti Six years after the earthquake that ravaged the […]

On 12 January 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing over 230,000 people and injuring over 300,000. In order to help the victims, Handicap International deployed unprecedented amounts of resources. Today, the association is continuing its work with the Haitian people.

Sustained support for rehabilitation activities in Haiti

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Graduation of 72 students technicians in rehabilitation organized by HI in Karibe hostel, in port-au-prince, on the 27 of August 2015. These techniciens have now an official diploma to work in the country. © Handicap International

Six years after the earthquake that ravaged the country, Handicap International is implementing new projects and providing sustained support.

Confronted with a lack of local rehabilitation skills, after the earthquake, the association launched the first training course for rehabilitation technicians. In August 2015, 72 students graduated[1]. Handicap International is also upgrading the skills of professionals who are already practising but who have not undergone any formal training, as well as improving access to high-quality services and providing support to health facilities.

In addition, since the earthquake, many people have been living in camps as they lost their homes. As part of a project aiming to relocate these people into new areas, Handicap International is ensuring that housing is accessible to people with disabilities. The association is also implementing actions to help make their integration into their new environment more permanent.

Handicap International is also aiming to increase protection of abandoned children and reduce the risks associated with natural disasters.

The association has also enabled over 200 people – primarily people with disabilities – to develop an economic activity and is working with local economic development stakeholders to ensure that people with disabilities are taken into consideration in their actions. Finally, the association is raising road safety awareness among populations and promoting access to public transport for people with disabilities.

 

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Pictures of Christella who was amputated after Haiti earthquake, received a new prosthesis and found back her mobility. © S. Daubeuf /Handicap International

The results of our work in Haiti

Just a few days after the earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, Handicap International mobilised hundreds of people[2], deployed care activities, distributed resources and set up an orthopaedic-fitting workshop. Over 90,200 people have received basic care (access to healthcare, etc.) and attended rehabilitation sessions. The association has provided prostheses to over 1,400 people, distributed over 6,000 mobility aids (wheelchairs, crutches and walker frames) and provided psychosocial support to over 25,000 people. The Handicap International teams have also been responsible for the building of over 1,000 shelters intended for the most vulnerable families and delivered over 20,000 tonnes of aid for people affected by the disaster.

[1] 22 orthopaedic technicians and 50 rehabilitation technicians.

[2] Peaking at as many as 600 people, including 80 expatriates.


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