Change a life
Indonesia is an immense archipelago of 13,803 islands. There are very frequent tsunamis, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions in the region, which have a major impact on populations, in particular on the most vulnerable people.
Because Indonesia is frequently affected by natural disasters, Handicap International supports the most vulnerable people to ensure they are taken into account in emergency responses and in disaster risk management mechanisms.
The ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the Indonesian government (October 2011) was the result of intense campaigning by disabled people's organisations (DPO) in the country, actively supported by Handicap International. Handicap International conducted training and provided these organisations with financial assistance to support their advocacy with the Indonesian government. Despite these achievements, there is still progress to be made in order to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are genuinely taken into account.
In Indonesia we have observed that:
- People with disabilities often suffer from discrimination and stigmatisation, notably in the provinces in the east of the country, the remotest and poorest regions. They often live in the shadows, hidden by their families, a fact that only serves to increase the inequalities they face.
- There are very few competent services available in the medical, social, economic and educational sectors. Staff are poorly qualified and access to these services is difficult for people with disabilities.