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In Sri Lanka, Handicap International runs projects to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, people injured in the conflict, and their families.
We support the active participation and social inclusion of disabled people by working with partners to implement services within the framework of the country's 2003 National Policy on Disability.
In 1992 Handicap International started a project to support the training of rehabilitation professionals in Colombo and Jaffna. Following years of armed conflict a project was established in the north and east of the country to support local mine clearance efforts. A year later, a Physical Rehabilitation Centre was set up for mine victims in the eastern city of Batticaloa.
People with disabilities were amongst the vulnerable groups most affected by three decades of armed conflict in The Philippines. Amputees, people with spinal cord injuries and complex fractures struggle to access physical rehabilitation services.
Disabled people are particularly vulnerable when natural disasters strike. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26th December 2004 killed 35,000 people and left 250,000 people homeless. In 2010 another 300,000 people were forced to leave their homes after torrential flooding.
• Human Development Index: 97th out of 187
• Life expectancy: 75 years
• Population: 21.5 million
Source: UNDP HDR 2011