In Afghanistan, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Afghanistan
Working in Afghanistan since 1987, Humanity & Inclusion focuses on helping victims of landmines, preventing future mine accidents, and promoting disability-inclusive development.
Afghanistan has been in a near constant state of conflict and war since the late 1970s and is one of the poorest countries in the world. A large proportion of the population continues to have severe insecurity, poor housing, and limited access to drinking water, electricity, medical care, and employment.
Under these difficult circumstances, disabilities resulting from war or conflict, or endemic poverty, are extremely common.
Our Current Work
Currently, our team in Afghanistan is composed of 166 Afghans and four expatriates who diligently carry out our mission, which is to:
- Assist victims
- Provide rehabilitation services
- Support local Organizations for People with Disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion works to ensure that all action plans resulting from the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention of Cluster Munitions and the Mine Ban Treaty are coordinated with each other.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs & Disabled (MoLSAMD), this project develops monitoring tools to:
- Evaluate progress throughout the country
- Organize training on victim assistance concepts for local Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs)
- Provide support aimed at affecting policy related to landmine victim assistance
Humanity & Inclusion's rehabilitation work in Afghanistan is to build the capacity of government and national institutions to guarantee and improve access for people with disabilities to functional rehabilitation care.
Our team works to enhance the quality of rehabilitation service available by:
- Promoting the recognition and inclusion of rehabilitation in the Ministry of Health’s policies on basic care
- Enabling people with disabilities to access rehabilitation services at a dedicated center at the Herat Regional Hospital
- Managing a rehabilitation center in a regional hospital in Kandahar that runs physiotherapy sessions, and produces prostheses, orthoses and mobility aids
- Assisting rehabilitation centers in developing new medical techniques
This project also oversees seven community health centers and provides technical and financial support to local hospitals by funding certain physiotherapy posts and training medical staff.
Supporting Local Disability Rights Organizations
Humanity & Inclusion supports local Organization for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs) by connecting them with potential partners, both locally and internationally.
The organization also amplifies their advocacy by helping OPDs or DPOs get their needs addressed by local political leaders.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Afghanistan since 1987, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Our work continues to evolve to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
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Database and Project Management
Humanity & Inclusion implemented this project in Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to improve the quality of project management through use of an open source software developed for French NGOs.