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Handicap International addresses a wide range of disability issues in India. Our aim is to ensure that people with disabilities are systematically taken into account in development programmes.
Handicap International launched it's first project in India was launched in 1988, providing technical support for a community-based rehabilitation centre in Pondicherry, southern India.
After launching an emergency response to the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, the organisation developed a more permanent presence in India and has gone on to develop public health services and disability-related projects across the country.
Out teams currently manage projects in five Indian states: Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Delhi, Orissa, West Bengal and will soon commence activities in Chhattisgarh.
India is an emerging world power with a flourishing economy. However, 41.6% of its population still live below the poverty line (UNDP 2011) and there are major economic and social disparities between different states.
The World Bank estimates that India has between 40 and 80 million people living with a disability. The poorest people in society face the greatest barriers to care, education and employment. For these populations, disability serves to fuel poverty and social exclusion.
Natural disasters such as drought, hurricanes, flooding and landslides are a constant threat in India, with the poorest states worst affected. On average, 40 million people are displaced from their homes by natural disasters every year. The impact from natural disasters has a particularly severe impact on people with disabilities.
• Human Development Index: 134th out of 187
• Life expectancy: 65
• Population: 1.21 billion
Source: UNDP HDR 2011