In Togo, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Togo
Humanity & Inclusion began working in Togo in 1997 with a mission to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Since 1991, Togo has been undergoing a growing economic crisis and the absence of political change over the past 40 years has resulted in drastic cuts in international aid. Today, the country is showing signs of recovery.
Togo’s economy has begun to grow, however, this has been slow to significantly impact the living conditions of the Togolese people. 58.7% of the country's population, including people with disabilities, lives below the poverty threshold.
Our Current Work
Humanity & Inclusion's team in Togo is composed of 39 staff members who are committed to:
- Improve healthcare services provided to mothers and children
- Support and promote mental health services
- Advocate for more humane living conditions for detainees
- Promote inclusive education
Mother and Child Health
In order to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, Humanity & Inclusion works to improve the provision of healthcare for mothers and children in Togo by:
- Training healthcare professionals
- Improving available medical equipment
- Building the capacities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
- Strengthening family planning
The organization also runs awareness campaigns in village communities and school with a goal of changing attitudes towards maternal and child health.
Humanity & Inclusion develops and implements community-based prevention and response strategies to improve the quality of life and mental health of people in psychosocial distress and/or suffering from mental health challenges.
Inclusion of Detainees and Prisoners
Humanity & Inclusion works to improve living conditions of prisoners by ensuring prisoners have access to essential needs services.
Ensure All Children Have Access to Education
Humanity & Inclusion helps to develop and strengthen an inclusive education system targeting secondary schools and vocational training in particular by creating a gateway system ensuring continuity from primary to secondary/professional training for children and young people with disabilities.
Our Past Work
Humanity & Inclusion has been in Togo for more than 25 years, working towards a more inclusive culture for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Our work has evolved to meet the specific needs of those we serve.
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Physical Rehabilitation, Prosthetics, and Orthotics
In 1992, Humanity & Inclusion provided support to seven orthopedic fitting centers. It went on to aid in the development of the National Medical Auxiliaries School (ENAM), the only training center in West Africa for orthopedic specialists and French-speaking speech therapists.
In 2000, the organization forged a partnership with the French non-profit organization Orthophonistes du Monde, aimed at setting up a speech therapy service within ENAM.