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Handicap International has been working in China for more than 15 years, particularly in poor and rural areas. The organisation works with both civil society and the government to promote the inclusion of the most vulnerable groups in society and people with disabilities. Handicap International also seeks to support their transition into the workplace. The organisation runs rehabilitation programmes, in particular for victims of natural disasters, which happen regularly in the country (earthquakes in Sichuan in 2008 and 2013, and in Yunnan in 2014).

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Handicap International has been working in China for more than 15 years, particularly in poor and rural areas. The organisation works with both civil society and the government to promote the inclusion of the most vulnerable groups in society and people with disabilities. Handicap International also seeks to support their transition into the workplace. The organisation runs rehabilitation programmes, in particular for victims of natural disasters, which happen regularly in the country (earthquakes in Sichuan in 2008 and 2013, and in Yunnan in 2014).
Handicap International has been working in China for more than 15 years, particularly in poor and rural areas. The organisation works with both civil society and the government to promote the inclusion of the most vulnerable groups in society and people with disabilities. Handicap International also seeks to support their transition into the workplace. The organisation runs rehabilitation programmes, in particular for victims of natural disasters, which happen regularly in the country (earthquakes in Sichuan in 2008 and 2013, and in Yunnan in 2014).

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When major natural disasters such as earthquakes or extensive flooding occur in China, Handicap International offers emergency relief assistance to victims. Its first relief efforts were rolled out in the provinces of Guangxi, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia between 1998 and 2000, then in Sichuan, which was hit by earthquakes in 2008 and 2013, and also in Yunnan in August 2014. The organisation is committed to providing a rapid response to support the most vulnerable people. It is able to offer rehabilitation care, walking aids and emergency orthopaedic fitting (prostheses, wheelchairs etc.) for people with disabilities or injuries. It is currently continuing to support survivors of the most recent earthquakes, offering rehabilitation care and psychosocial support.

When it first started working in China in 2000, Handicap International set up and developed a rehabilitation project in Guangxi province for people affected by leprosy. The organisation then extended its scope of action in order to provide a more comprehensive response to the needs of people with disabilities.

Today, Handicap International champions the cause of people with disabilities. The organisation contributes to the development of more inclusive policies so that vulnerable people can play an active role in society. Work which Handicap International carries out in conjunction with a number of partners at both government and civil society level. The organisation works with them towards the implementation of more inclusive policies in support of disabled or very vulnerable people. The projects implemented focus not only on physical rehabilitation, but also on access to education and employment for both children and adults with disabilities; they also seek to promote their social inclusion and improve their knowledge of sexuality and reproductive health.

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Background

China is currently the world’s most densely populated country, with a total population of 1.4 billion people. There are more than 85 million people with disabilities  in the country, the majority of whom have extremely precarious living conditions.

According to the latest national disability survey conducted in 2006, the mean annual income of people with disabilities in China is more than 50% below the national average. Only a third of people with disabilities requiring physical rehabilitation services have access to this care, and only a fifth of people who need mobility aids – prostheses, wheelchairs etc. – can afford to pay for them. Schools and workplaces are also difficult to access for people with disabilities.

Though the country has modernised, its rapid development has been has been accompanied by the emergence of new disparities. One of the most worrying consequences is the growing inequality between the poor regions in China’s interior and the rich provinces to the east and south. Many people also live in poverty in the west of the country. People with disabilities in these regions are particularly vulnerable.

Furthermore, China is prone to major natural disasters and its provinces are frequently affected by earthquakes and widespread flooding.

Key figures China - Handicap International 2014
Key figures China - Handicap International 2014
WHERE your support HELPS

Partners

  • Emergency

    • Local partner ‘You and Me’, local hospitals, other national and international NGOs and Disabled Persons’ Federation 

    Inclusive community development

    • Several local partners in each project area 

    Support to associations of persons with disabilities - disability rights advocacy

    • One Plus One Beijing Disabled Persons’ Cultural Development Center
    • Enable Disability Studies Institute

    Disability, gender and sexuality in China

    • One Plus One Beijing Disabled Persons’ Cultural Development Center
    • Enable Disability Studies Institute

    Support the development of parents’ organizations of people with intellectual disabilities and autism 

    • China Intellectual and Developmental Disability Network
    • National Parents’ Organization of People with Intellectual and Mental Disabilities Association