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International Day of the African Child

Inclusion Prevention Rehabilitation Rights

The 16th of June, celebrated as the international day of the African child, is an opportunity to reflect on the important progress that has been made for children in Africa. It is also a day to recognise the injustices and challenges that many African children still face. 

© R. Colfs/Handicap International

For most children born in Africa today, the outlook is much brighter than when Handicap International first began working on the continent, back in 1984. Over the past 3 decades, infant mortality rates have halved, the number of children attending secondary school has increased four-fold and average life expectancy has increased by 10 years.

However, opportunities for African children continue to fall short when compared with the rest of the world and many children are still born into extreme adversity. Children in sub-Saharan Africa are 14 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in developed regions.

Handicap international works in 26 countries in Africa to accompany children born into challenging circumstances throughout their early lives.

We are there from the very beginning, to make sure that healthy mums have healthy babies:

© R. Binard / Handicap International, Togo

We intervene early when children have physical disabilities that can be treated:

© S. Rieussec / Handicap International, Mali

We provide mobility aids and prosthetics as children grow so that they can make the most of their childhood:

© E. Rogard / Handicap International, Burkina Faso

And we make sure that schools adapt to children’s needs so that they can complete their education:

© R. Binard / Handicap International, Togo

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Nepal earthquake: inseparable Nirmala and Khendo
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Nepal earthquake: inseparable Nirmala and Khendo

On 25 April 2015, Nepal was hit by a violent earthquake. Hundreds of kilometres apart, Nirmala and Khendo were both buried under the rubble. Rushed to hospital, they each had a leg amputated. This is where they met, attended rehabilitation sessions with HI’s physiotherapists, and learned to walk. Three years on, they are almost never apart and even go to school together. Their dream? To dance again.

8 March - International Women's Day Women with disabilities almost ten times more likely to experience sexual violence
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8 March - International Women's Day Women with disabilities almost ten times more likely to experience sexual violence

On 8 March, International Women's Day, HI is calling attention to the fact that more than one in three women experience violence in their lifetime. And women with disabilities are particularly at risk. HI aims at preventing violence and providing women with psychological and medical support.

Investing in Maternal and Child Health in Togo
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Investing in Maternal and Child Health in Togo

HI is improving health facilities for pregnant women and newborns in the maritime region of Togo. Thanks to these interventions, neonatal mortality is expected to fall by 20% by the end of 2019.