Humanity & Inclusion in Cuba
Our team has worked in Cuba since 1998, initially supporting artificial limb and orthopedic brace production and community-based rehabilitation. In time, our attention has shifted to support to civil society and inclusive education, along with emergency response to hurricanes.
Cuba is particularly prone to hurricanes, which cause regular and severe economic damage to the country and undermine living conditions, especially for people with disabilities who generally have fewer resources. Cuba is the largest Caribbean nation with 11 million people, and according to the latest estimates, 366,864 people in Cuba have disabilities.
During Obama’s presidency, people with disabilities were given free medical care. Now, transportation and the lack of modern, specialized equipment limit their access to this care.
Areas of Intervention
- Orthopedic fitting and rehabilitation
- Inclusion of people with disabilities in society
- Inclusive employment
- Natural disaster preparation
For the last 15 years, Humanity & Inclusion has been implementing a range of functional rehabilitation projects using local community resources.
The organization's 9-member team helps people with disabilities to obtain adapted employment and strengthen existing vocational training structures. The organization also works with local authorities on disaster risk reduction, taking people with disabilities into account in the responses developed.