The objective of HI in Togo is to reduce inequalities in order to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people, and in particular people with disabilities. The association aims to foster the development of an inclusive society.
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Actions in process
In Togo, 58.7% of the population lives below the poverty threshold. The number of people with disabilities is estimated at around 620,000, and 10% of these are thought to require orthopaedic fitting. Negative perceptions of disability often lead parents of disabled children to hide them from public view. Excluded from playing with other children, from attending school and other sources of learning, children with disabilities often grow up to be marginalised adults. With the collaboration of a number of partners, in both the community and government sectors, HI is working to change this situation.
HI is committed to promoting the social inclusion of people with disabilities by proposing practical solutions in a range of areas..., training for professionals, healthcare (in particular for mothers, babies and school-age children), inclusive education, disability awareness at community level, advocacy campaigns and initiatives to champion the rights of people with disabilities.
HI is running a pilot project in Togo aimed at improving the status of prisoners, both in prison and when they return to their families. The organisation wants to highlight the negative impact of incarceration on prisoners’ mental health. The aim is to put forward solutions to encourage greater consideration of this issue both by prison administration staff and all relevant stakeholders (prisoners’ families, communities, mental health clinics etc.).
Situation of the country
Since 1991, Togo has been undergoing a growing economic crisis and the absence of political change over the past 40 years has resulted in drastic cuts in international aid. Today, the country is showing signs of recovery.
In 2007, Togo began to recover from an unprecedented social and political crisis that had endured for 19 years. International cooperation, which had been blocked due to the lack of democracy, was resumed. In March 2010, the presidential elections were held without incident, resulting in a victory for the sitting president.
Since then, Togo’s economy has returned to growth; as yet however, this has been slow to impact positively on the living conditions of the Togolese people. The country is ranked 166th out of 188 countries worldwide on the Human Development Index (2016 UNDP).