A humanitarian disaster can take many forms - earthquakes, floods, tsunami or conflict. They often strike without warning and almost always affect people who are already desperately poor.
For people affected, it can be a traumatic ordeal. The months following an emergency are often as dangerous as the disaster itself. Injured and disabled people face a long, hard fight to return to a 'normal' life.
On 4th October 2016, Haiti was hit by Hurricane Matthew, which killed over 1,000 Haitians, and affected more than 2.1 million people. Handicap International teams are responding, ensuring that no one is left behind, and supporting people with disabilities, people with chronic conditions, and older people. Our emergency logistics team is working to ensure aid reaches the most remote areas. Please support our Haiti emergency appeal
Handicap International is supplying aid and rehabilitation care to injured and disabled people inside Syria and supporting the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan who are surviving in extremely difficult conditions. Please support our Syria crisis appeal
Since the beginning of 2014, 2.8 million Iraqis have fled fighting in the north and west of the country. More than 1 million traveled to Kurdistan. They join more than 248,000 Syrians seeking refuge there. In 2016, large numbers of Iraqi civilians have been forced to flee Mosul as a result of the conflict there. Handicap International teams are working to ensure that vulnerable people can access care, medication, and the mobility aids they need, like wheelchairs or crutches.
Yemen has been torn apart by a conflict that has killed over 3,000 civilians. The humanitarian needs are immense. Since October 2015, Handicap International has been providing care for injured people in two hospitals and a health centre in Sanaa, the capital.
In April 2015 a massive earthquake struck Nepal near the capital Kathmandu. Already present in Nepal, our teams went to work immediately, providing rehabilitation and bringing wheelchairs, food, and other essentials to the victims.
Democratic Republic of Congo
The unspeakable brutality of armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has left countless civilians with severe disabling injuries. Handicap International works in North Kivu province, providing support to vulnerable people caught in the region’s conflicts and to victims of explosive remnants of war and armed violence.
South Sudan has been undergoing a political crisis since December 2013 which has resulted in fighting and massive population movements. The number of internally displaced people has reached 1.5 million and some 730,000 South Sudanese have fled to other countries. Handicap International is working to ensure people with disabilities ca access aid, rehabilitation and psychosocial support services. We also support other humanitarian organisations to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities in their activities.