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Palestinian Territories

Supporting disabled people since 1996

A Handicap International team visiting a boy with disabilities and his family, Gaza
© P.Demaison/Handicap International

Handicap International has been present in the Palestinian Territories since 1996. The organisation has implemented several projects, including providing technical support to referral centres for people with disabilities. Our team is present in the Gaza Strip and supports activities to meet the needs of people with disabilities and improve their daily life (rehabilitation services, making buildings more accessible). These actions are performed in partnership with local Palestinian associations.

In 2009, the activities of the Gaza programme were suspended for several weeks during fighting, although our staff continued to perform outreach missions (assessments, etc). Following the ceasefire at the end of January 2009, the distribution of kits followed by the setting up of 'disability and vulnerable' focal points enabled us to provide a response to the people most in need of support. In 2010, we continued our activities, treating the complex situation in Gaza as an emergency, while taking a long-term approach. Since 2011, our key area of action is rehabilitation.

Key Facts - Palestinian territories

• Population: 4.4 million
• Household Consumption: not available
• Life Expectancy: 74 years
• Human Development: 114th out of 187
Source: UNDP HDR 2011

Samah Abu Lamzy
“20 years after the Oslo Accords, the promises have not been kept.”
Gaza, September 2013. Project Manager for Handicap International in Gaza, Samah Abu Lamzy, talks about the deteriorating humanitarian situation Gaza twenty years on from the Oslo Accords, which promised an end to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Yahia Elziq is aTechnical Advisor for Handicap International in Ramallah.
Adjusting, adapting and empowering
Palestinian territories, June 2013. Yahia J. Elziq, a Technical Advisor for Handicap International in Ramallah, tells us about his experience of inclusion in the context of the West Bank. The article is taken from UNICEF’s report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2013 - Children with disabilities' [1].
Conflict and rehabilitation in the Palestinan Territories
The population is living in constant fear of a new conflict
Palestinian Territories, September 2009. Violaine Gagnet was in Jerusalem when the Gaza Strip was struck by conflict in 2008, which claimed thousands of victims, many of whom were civilians and children.

Our projects

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Rehabilitation in Gaza
Assisting people in need of prosthetic and orthotic devices by producing these devices and reinforcing the capacities of technicians in the Artificial Limbs and Polio Centre.

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Support for people with disabilities in Gaza
Improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the Gaza Strip, by supplying and adapting rehabilitation aids, building the capacities of rehabilitation centres, and providing professional training for rehabilitation staff.

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Improving access to rehabilitation services in the West Bank
Providing professional training for rehabilitation staff and social workers in the West Bank, developing systems for renting mobility aids, and putting in place accessible transport systems for people with disabilities.

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