Promoting the rights of people with disabilities
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Handicap International works in Liberia to promote the full and equal enjoyment of human rights by people with disabilities. We also promote equal access to education and support the development of quality rehabilitation services.
Our activities in Liberia began in 2000 when we set up a rehabilitation centre in Monrovia to meet the physiotherapy and orthopaedic care needs of people with disabilities and the victims of the civil war.
Figures from the country's last census show that people with disabilities account for 16% of the population. Misunderstanding about disability based in cultural beliefs mean that disabled people are often stigmatised and pushed to the margins of society. This discrimination sees disabled people excluded from the education system, from employment opportunities, health services and many other areas of life.
• Human Development Index: 174th out of 187
• Life expectancy: 57 years
• Population: 4.1 million
Source: UNDP HDR 2013
A new wheelchair, a new life
Liberia, March 2009. Ebenezer Adamtey, 44, had a car accident in 1979 that left him with multiple fractures in his left leg. He moves around in a “WorldMade” wheelchair he received from the Monrovia rehabilitation centre, with the support of Handicap International. Unlike other models, it enables him to move around easily and over long distances.
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Rights, Equality, Citizenship, Solidarity and Inclusion for People with Disabilities (West Africa)
Regional project run in Benin, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
Goal: To guarantee the full and equal enjoyment of rights for all by working with local and national stakeholders to tackle barriers to inclusion.
Beneficiaries: People with disabilities, national and local disabled people's organisations and the wider population in the capital, Monrovia.
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Promoting the full participation of children with disabilities through education (West Africa)
Regional project running in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo.
Goal: To train teachers and other education professionals to make their lessons and their schools inclusive so that all children are able to realise their potential.
Beneficiaries: People with disabilities, particularly disabled children and their families, schools and. organisations.
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Making it work: Advancing the rights of people with disabilities
Goal: To build the capacity of disabled people's organisations to undertake advocacy alongside decision makers and to influence public policy that includes people with disabilities.
Beneficiaries: People with disabilities, disabled people's organisations, national federations of disabled people's organisations and public representatives.