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East Africa: fighting malnutrition in innovative ways May, 12 2017

820,000 children in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Ethiopia are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2017. Handicap International’s pioneering treatment methods will help to ensure that they recover and thrive.

  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia
  • Somaliland

Food Crisis: Reaching people in need May, 11 2017

Across East Africa, hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their homes in search of food and security. With so many people on the move and in need of assistance, Handicap international is concerned that some people may fall through the cracks. Our teams in Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somaliland are determined not to let this happen.

  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia
  • Somaliland

“I just want him to live a normal life” May, 8 2017

Ahmed is eight years old. He was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects his body movement and muscle control. In 2016, after having endured over five years of war in Syria, he and his family decided to flee to Jordan. They now live in Azraq refugee camp, where Handicap International provides Ahmad with physiotherapy sessions.

  • Jordan

Giving a voice to Syrians May, 5 2017

In January 2017, French photographer Philippe de Poulpiquet spent two weeks with HI’s teams in Jordan and Lebanon. Every day, they went out to visit Syrian refugees, including numerous victims of explosive weapons.

  • Syria

Print a limb: encouraging results using 3D printed prosthetics May, 5 2017

Handicap International has been testing whether computer assisted design and 3D printing can improve access to high-quality artificial limbs. As the first clinical trials in Togo, Madagascar and Syria conclude, we are pleased to announce positive results and the launch of the next phase of this cutting edge research. 

  • Madagascar
  • Togo
  • Syria

Harit’s long road to recovery May, 2 2017

In December 2016, Harith suffered serious leg injuries in a rocket attack, in Mosul. Metal external fixations come out from Harith’s leg, testifying to the severity of his accident.

  • Iraq

Strolling through the land of 11,100 victims of mines and explosive devices April, 28 2017

Jemerson, 12 years old, lives in Colombia in the town of Corinto, an area severely affected by the conflict which tore Colombia apart for fifty years. When he was 10 years old he lost his left hand after sustaining an injury from an antipersonnel landmine. Jemerson has been attending rehabilitation sessions with support from Handicap International. The child is hanging on and he still has hope.

  • Colombia

Threat of famine in East Africa: Q & A with Xavier Duvauchelle April, 21 2017

A severe food crisis is advancing across East Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. In this interview, Xavier Duvauchelle, Handicap International’s desk officer for the East African region, explains the scale of the disaster and how our teams on the ground are responding.

  • Yemen
  • South Sudan

Nirmala and Khendo, 2 years after the earthquake: They are inseparable April, 20 2017

Victims of the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th, 2015, Nirmala and Khendo, both 10, had to be amputated. With the support of Handicap International, the two girls attended rehabilitation sessions and received prosthesis. Two years later, the girls make their way back to school.

  • Nepal

Mosul: an average of 9,000 displaced each day April, 10 2017

The exodus from Mosul is intensifying. On February 19th, the military forces launched the second phase of their offensive to retake Mosul, in Iraq. Since then, over 150 000 people have fled the fighting in the western part of the city. The flow of IDPs increases, with an average of 9 000 newly displaced people every day.

  • Iraq

Hidden and underestimated: How children with disabilities are breaking down barriers to attend school April, 7 2017

In West Africa, millions of children don’t complete their primary education and some have never been to school. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) estimates that a third of these children have a disability. Our inclusive education program runs in nine countries[i] in the region and will ensure that 170,000 children have the opportunity to learn, play, make friends and feel valued in society.

 

[i] Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Níger, Togo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Benín and Guinea Bissau

  • Burkina Faso

Casualties of mines and explosive remnants of war jump record 75% in one year April, 3 2017

There was a record increase in the number of casualties of mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in 2015, up 75% from 2014. This heavy toll was due to intensive and systematic bombing of populated areas in recent conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Ukraine. The vast majority of people killed and injured in these attacks were civilians. Founder of an international campaign to stop the bombing of civilians, Handicap International is once again calling for an immediate end to this practice and for the international community to condemn it in the strongest terms.

  • Iraq
  • Yemen
  • Ukraine (no interventions)
  • Syria

Together we build a rehabilitation center for disabled refugees March, 30 2017

Kakuma Refugee Camp hosts more than 180,000 uprooted refugees who have fled wars and persecutions in neighboring countries. It is a massive 12 sq km camp, with 4 structured districts, 19 primary schools, and a hospital.

  • Kenya

Preparing for the worst humanitarian crisis in 70 years March, 24 2017

Twenty million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeastern Nigeria have been grappling with a serious food crisis since 2016. Several East African countries have been hit by drought in recent months, including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, South Sudan and, to a lesser extent, Tanzania. In some countries, conflicts have caused severe food shortages. Handicap International is preparing to deal with one of the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War.
 

  • Yemen
  • Ukraine (no interventions)
  • South Sudan
  • Ethiopia

Cyclone Enawo: over 52,000 people affected March, 10 2017

Cyclone Enawo has passed through Madagascar and will end its course in the Anosy region (south-east). The authorities have reported severe damage caused not only by the cyclone itself but by the subsequent flooding it has caused. The national office of risk and disaster management is reporting 10,000 displaced persons and 52,000 people affected. Handicap International's teams have started to assess the population's needs.