Learning from a disability-inclusive sexual reproductive health and rights program (WISH2ACTION) (2021)
This is a compilation of good practices and lessons learned in disability-inclusive sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) based on experience from the implementation of the WISH2ACTION (Women’s Integrated Sexual Health-Access, Choice, Together, Innovation and Ownership, Now) program. View the report here.
Humanity & Inclusion promotes Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of people with disabilities and vulnerable populations in development and fragile settings. View the flier here.
Since 1982, Humanity & Inclusion has worked in more than 30 countries to respond to the mental health and psychosocial needs of people facing humanitarian crises and/or living in precarious contexts. Our teams promote optimal mental health and foster social participation in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. View the flier here.
HIV & Disability in West Africa: A Combined Analysis of 4 Studies Conducted in Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (2019)
(Only available in French) Humanity & Inclusion works to ensure that no one is forgotten. This research paper responds to the call of UNAIDs and ensuring that no one is forgotten in the response to the epidemic. This paper includes four studies which seek to better understand the situation by HIV-related situation of disabled men and women living in West Africa. View the paper in French here.
This Kisumu County strategy outlays the principles, objectives and actionable activities that the Department of Health and Sanitation of the County Government of Kisumu, Kenya commits to undertake in order to provide the highest attainable standards of health; particularly sexual and reproductive health. View the strategy here.
Seeing the invisible: Sexuality-related knowledge, attitudes and behavior of children and youth with disabilities in China (2019)
Young people with disabilities have the same right to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) as their peers without disabilities, but their needs and rights are often overlooked. The findings of this study, which was initiated by UNESCO and Humanity & Inclusion, aims to provide evidence to support decision-making by government agencies, educators, development workers and other relevant stakeholders regarding developing and implementing disability-inclusive SRH and sexuality education policies and program for young people in China. View the report here.
Mental health problems are commonplace and affect more than one in four people worldwide. They are responsible for a quarter of all disabilities. This document aims to provide a basis for exploring these concepts as part of more in-depth work, including an update of the 2011 mental health framework document. View the document here.
Humanity & Inclusion works to prevent violence based on disability, gender and age and its disabling consequences in development and fragile settings, as well as to provide holistic care for survivors of violence, exploitation and abuse. HI’s goal is to ensure that people with disabilities and other at-risk groups are less exposed to violence and can live in dignity, independently, and with control over their own lives. View the flier here.
Humanity & Inclusion promotes the awareness raising, prevention, early detection, and care management of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes in development and fragile settings View the flier here.
People with disabilities are living with HIV. This paper explains why they must be included in virus prevention education, provided access to treatments, and rehabilitation. What's more, people living with HIV are not receiving proper rehabilitation care as the virus causes impairments. View the article here.
Road safety is a growing development and public health issue. Globally, road crashes are close to becoming one of the first five causes of death, and non-fatal injuries heavily impact on disability. Indeed, each year, road crashes kill 1.25 million people and injure as many as 50 million others. View the briefing paper here.
This document is intended to provide guidance and a framework for each stage of the project cycle for projects tackling the theme of diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors. View report here and brief format here.
This analysis paper presents the ‘know-how’ acquired by Humanity & Inclusion in its diabetes prevention and control projects. View report here.
A policy paper that presents a design for a national plan on psychosocial interventions, aiming to develop and promote the national plan established during the July 2006 war. View report here.
As It Is: Research Findings on the Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Access to HIV and AIDS Information and Services Amongst Persons with Disability (2007)
Scientifically gathered information concerning the knowledge, attitude and practice among people with disabilities in areas surrounding HIV and AIDS. View report here.
Handicap International has launched a regional project to prevent sexual violence against children with disabilities in Burundi, Rwanda, and Kenya.
Humanity & Inclusion in Kenya
In Kenya, Humanity & Inclusion provides assistance to people living in refugee camps, combats sexual violence against children with disabilities, and increases employment and educational opportunities, as well as political participation, of people with disabilities. Humanity & Inclusion began working in Kenya in 1992 and currently has a team of 67 staff members.
A former British colony, Kenya obtained independence in 1963. Increased circumstances of gender inequality have negatively impacted inclusive human development and economic growth of population, especially in labor markets, access to education and appropriate healthcare. The rights of people with disabilities are often times neglected.
From 2017, the conditions in arid regions of Kenya deteriorated signiﬁcantly due to drought. There has also been a negative impact of floods, landslides and locust on crops, household food and income sources throughout the country. This led to heightened food insecurity, decreased health and nutrition status at a time when political instability has also increased. In 2021, a long rains assessment report indicated worsening food security, drought and nutritional situation in numerous counties. In September 2021, the President declared the drought a national disaster.
Areas of Intervention
- Health and prevention
- Mental health and psychosocial support
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Protection and risk education
- Inclusive education
- Economic and political inclusion
Humanity & Inclusion works in refugee camps and surrounding host communities to improve the living conditions of refugees and persons with disabilities, by ensuring equal access to services, learning opportunities, civic engagement, raising awareness of discrimination and building the capacity of staff working with these populations to identify the most pressing needs. Humanity & Inclusion also provides protection, psychosocial services and physical rehabilitation services, including provision of assistive devices such as wheelchairs and crutches.
Staff is combating sexual violence against children, in particular those with disabilities. Teams inform children, families, organizations and local authorities about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and helps survivors and their parents/guardians to access immediate assistance and long-term support.
Our Past Work
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In 1992, Humanity & Inclusion launched its activities in Kenya through an emergency food aid program in Garissa, following the famine and civil war in Somalia.
Humanity & Inclusion launched a regional project in Kenya and Tanzania to help implement the International Convention of People with Disabilities. Teams supported physical rehabilitation and education of children with disabilities in Kibera and Dandora informal settlement areas and persons with disabilities in the Dadaab refugee camps. Staff also implemented an inclusive education project in the Nairobi area to ensure that children with disabilities had equal access to education opportunities.
Humanity and Inclusion focused on improving surgical treatment at Garissa Provincial Hospital for refugees and support to the primary health care system in neighboring communities.
An on-going maternal and child healthcare project was launched in informal settlements in 2014, which seeks to improve the health status of mothers, newborns, and children within Nairobi.
To enhance the quality of life of people with diabetes and reduced the occurrence of disabling complications, Humanity & Inclusion developed and promoted regional expertise based on a network of local capacities in Kitale and Trans-Nzoia District. In addition, awareness campaigns provided the general population with information about the disease and how to prevent it.
To promote HIV prevention in Nairobi, Kiambu and Machakos, Humanity & Inclusion trained educators to lead peer-to-peer awareness sessions among youth and at-risk populations such as people with disabilities and young mothers.
To help establish better enforcement of road regulations, Humanity & Inclusion worked with the police on the issue of road safety and trained local NGOs in how to use the media to promote safer roads.
Armed Violence Reduction
In northwestern Kenya, teams worked reduce incidences of violence in the region.