Category 4 Hurricane Iota hit the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras late Monday night, November 16, causing fears of disastrous consequences for the populations of these two countries. Humanity & Inclusion is particularly concerned about the threats to the most fragile populations.
Hurricane Iota had reached category 5 yesterday, before being downgraded to category 4 and now to category 2. It could do very significant damage, having arrived with sustained winds of 155mph. Nicaraguan, Honduran and Guatemalan authorities had evacuated tens of thousands of people to shelters in reception centers, permanent buildings that should endure the storm.
Hurricane Iota hit an area of Nicaragua that endured another hurricane, Eta, just two weeks ago. That storm destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, affecting nearly 2.5 million people.
Iota's arrival, packing stronger winds and storm surge, could considerably worsen the situation, as torrential rains drench areas that have already been affected by flooding.
Humanity & Inclusion is concerned about the situation of the most vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, who are particularly exposed in this kind of disaster and need assistance to access aid.
"People living in Central America, particularly in Nicaragua, are likely to be severely affected," explains Dominique Delvigne, geographical director for Humanity & lnclusion. "It is likely that many families will find themselves without housing, lose their means of subsistence (agricultural production, etc.) and struggle to access to drinking water."
Humanity & Inclusion first began working in Nicaragua in 1997, the year before Hurricane Mitch devastated the country and wider Central American region. However, teams are not currently present in the countries affected by the hurricane. The organization's emergency division is on standby to assess the hurricane's damages, and to determine what actions could be taken to help the most vulnerable people.
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.