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Handicap International promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in Colombian society – in particular the victims of armed conflict and anti-personnel landmines.

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Handicap International promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in Colombian society – in particular the victims of armed conflict and anti-personnel landmines.
Handicap International promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in Colombian society – in particular the victims of armed conflict and anti-personnel landmines.

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In Colombia, the care management system for people with disabilities is weak. The needs however, are immense. Handicap International is therefore working to improve the quality and accessibility of rehabilitation services. The organisation is also improving the skills of rehabilitation staff and supporting policy makers so that they are more attentive to the need for stronger rehabilitation services.

The organisation also provides support for Disabled People's Organisations so that they can be part to the decision-making processes relating to the inclusion of the most vulnerable people in society and improve the recognition of their rights. Handicap International also works to improve access to employment for people with disabilities, by creating vocational training spaces.

Landmines are omnipresent in conflict zones in Colombia, a country ravaged by armed violence. Thousands of people fall victim to this scourge and the vast majority of survivors have a disability. Handicap International is working in ten Colombian departments to provide assistance to victims. It provides medical and psychological care-management and improves their self-reliance. Handicap International is also planning to contribute to mine clearance efforts in the country.

Finally, the organisation has improved protection and access to food for more than 500 highly vulnerable families affected by armed violence in ten communities in the Antioquia department. It has created shelters for the populations, ensured they have access to food, and set up a programme to reorganise agriculture and livestock farming.

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Background

Colombia has the second highest number of victims of anti-personnel landmines in the world - more than 10,000 in 25 years. According to Handicap International, 80% of the survivors of armed violence have a disability.

Colombia is strongly affected by armed violence as a result of a conflict that has already lasted for over 50 years. The country is also ravaged by drug trafficking and delinquency, linked to the extensive social inequality which divides society. Landmines are also an omnipresent feature of the conflict zones. Between 1990 and 2013, there were more than 10,000 victims of anti-personnel mines and explosive remnants of war, according to the Presidential programme for action against mines. According to a study by Handicap International, 80% of the survivors of armed violence have a disability.

These victims are primarily civilians from the poorest social classes, who live in the most remote and deprived areas in terms of health structures. The care-management system across the board is woefully inadequate for the poorest members of society and people with disabilities are marginalised. 

During the First Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions held in September 2015, Colombia signed the treaty, which bans the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions throughout the world.

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Partners

  • Functional rehabilitation

    Universidad del Valle, Cali, Fondation FEDAR , Fondation Ideal.

    Support to organizations

    Colombian associations, Programa de Acción por la Igualdad y la Inclusión Social (PAIIS), Federación Nacional de Colombia Sordos (Fenascol), Asociación colombiana de síndrome de down (Asdown), Surcoe (asociación colombiana de sordociegos), Red Colombiana de Redes de personas con discapacidad – REDESCOL y el Nodo Comunitario de salud mental y convivencia.

    Socio-economic inclusion

    Amigos con Calor Humano, Servicia Nacional de Aprendizaje, ministère du Travail et 3 associations colombiennes

    Assisting civilian victims of anti-personnel mine accidents

    • Pastoral Social,

    • Fundación Social Valle de Puvenza,

    • Hospital Universitario de Santader,

    • Hospital Universitario San Vicente,

    • Fundación REI para la Rehabilitación Integral,

    • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

    • Camp Coordination and Camp Managment, CCCM,

    • Programa Presidencial para la Acción contra Minas, PAICMA.