Humanity & Inclusion in Madagascar
Humanity & Inclusion has been present in Madagascar for over 30 years, and currently runs several multifaceted projects to address the needs of the country’s vulnerable populations.
Madagascar has experienced political instability in the past which has resulted in the weakening of the country’s economy. About 63.5 percent of the population lives in rural areas where 85 percent of people who live below the poverty line are concentrated.
It is estimated that one quarter of the population, five million people, are currently living in situations that leave them highly vulnerable to natural disasters.
Currently Humanity & Inclusion in Madagascar employs 108 staff members who work tirelessly to:
- Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis and provide preventative measures
- Improve disability prevention in prison populations
- Improve the health of mothers and children
- Promote inclusive education
- Implement CRPD to support the disability movement
Lymphatic Filariasis Care and Prevention
Humanity & Inclusion works to eliminate Lymphatic filariasis and Lymphedema by raising awareness of the disease among communities, patients, their families and building the capacities of health professionals.
In addition, Humanity & Inclusion oversees the production of shoes adapted to patients living with Lymphedema and provides consistent follow-up and assistance.
Disability Prevention in Prison Populations
In partnership with the Ministry of Justice and other civil society organizations, Humanity & Inclusion collaborates to improve conditions in five prisons across Madagascar by:
- Optimizing management of infirmaries
- Implementing activities that promote collective and individual hygiene
- Raising awareness of prisoners' rights
- Supporting educational and socio-cultural activities related to the prevention and protection against violence in prisons
Unique to Humanity & Inclusion, this project also emphasizes a psychosocial intervention with specific objectives which include:
- Supporting professional training for psychosocial professionals
- Conducting individual therapy sessions and discussion groups
- Helping detainees maintain ties with their families
Maternal and Child Health
In partnership with international and local organizations, Humanity & Inclusion works to reduce morbidity and maternal and infant mortality by improving access to maternal and child health care facilities in the regions of Itasy and Bongolova.
Humanity & Inclusion works to ensure that all children, regardless of their vulnerability or disability, have access to education. The organization trains teachers to develop the skills necessary to effectively educate children with different needs.
The MIRAZO project supports the disability movement in promoting and monitoring the application of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The organization is mobilizing a national campaign on the rights of people with disabilities by building the capacity of civil society actors.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Madagascar since 1986, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities since 2008. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of communities where we serve.
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From 1987 to 1996, Humanity & Inclusion focused its efforts on providing rehabilitation services to the vulnerable populations of Madagascar.
Action Nord Sud Period
Humanity & Inclusion centered its operation around structuring the non-profit sector in the country from 1996 to 2005.
From 2006 to 2014, the organization refocused its work on disability.