Humanity & Inclusion in Senegal
In Senegal, Humanity & Inclusion's team has worked to improve the living conditions of people with disabilities and improve their social and economic inclusion in the country since 1995.
Landmines were widely used in an internal conflict that gripped the agricultural region of Casamance in southern Senegal beginning in 1982. This region is still polluted with mines and other UXO which continue to displace and pose a threat to countless civilians across the country.
Though Senegal ratified the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on September 7, 2010, people with disabilities find it hard to access basic services or to earn a regular income.
Our Current Work
Humanity & Inclusion employs a team of 89 staff members who work attentively to achieve the organization’s mission, which is to:
- Promote and improve inclusive education & early detection
- Promote economic inclusion
- Clear landmines
- Ensure people with HIV/AIDS & disability have access to healthcare services
Inclusive Education and Early Detection
Humanity & Inclusion actively promotes the inclusion of children with disabilities in the Senegalese education system by:
- Identifying children with disabilities and enrolling them in mainstream schools
- Training teachers to incorporate techniques adapted to the learning styles of children with disabilities
- Providing equipment and training to health centers suited for early detection of disabilities in newborns and children
- Working with schools to strengthen the systems of child abuse referral and prevention
Humanity & Inclusion also runs a program to improve the social inclusion of children with disabilities by promoting better access to practical sports and leisure activities.
Humanity & Inclusion provides technical training to improve the competencies of people with disabilities, but also advocates for the physical and social adaptation of work environments to accommodate disabled employees.
Mine Clearance in Casamance
The project aims to continue restoring land in Casamance by destroying mines and explosive remnants of war that contaminate the region. Humanity & Inclusion works with authorities to identify mined areas, and conducts community surveys to determine the exact locations of minefields.
HIV/AIDS & Disability
Humanity & Inclusion contributes to improving access to integrated health services in the field of HIV/AIDS for vulnerable people with disabilities by:
- Strengthening access to inclusive HIV services that also address tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and sexual and reproductive health
- Empowering health care providers to personalize care according to type of disability
- Involving community actors and beneficiaries in care and support to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities living with HIV
Humanity & Inclusion works to reduce new infections in the gateway group of people with disabilities, by supporting the promotion of human rights and addressing legal barriers, improving their access to HIV prevention, care and support services, through regional advocacy.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Senegal since 1996, helping communities foster a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Our work is continuously evolving to meet the needs of the communities where we serve.
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Child Abuse Prevention
Humanity & Inclusion's TOGETHER Projects advocated on local and national levels to raise awareness on the prevention of sexual violence against children. The organization also trained health professionals to deal with the physical and psychological obstacles faced by victims.