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Handicap International works in refugee camps in Ethiopia to improve living conditions for vulnerable people. The organisation also campaigns against the abandonment of vulnerable children and children with disabilities, and encourages the inclusion of girls and boys with disabilities in schools. At the same time, it helps villagers to prepare for natural disasters and works in the field of HIV to ensure the whole population can access care-management and prevention services.

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Handicap International works in refugee camps in Ethiopia to improve living conditions for vulnerable people. The organisation also campaigns against the abandonment of vulnerable children and children with disabilities, and encourages the inclusion of girls and boys with disabilities in schools. At the same time, it helps villagers to prepare for natural disasters and works in the field of HIV to ensure the whole population can access care-management and prevention services.
Handicap International works in refugee camps in Ethiopia to improve living conditions for vulnerable people. The organisation also campaigns against the abandonment of vulnerable children and children with disabilities, and encourages the inclusion of girls and boys with disabilities in schools. At the same time, it helps villagers to prepare for natural disasters and works in the field of HIV to ensure the whole population can access care-management and prevention services.

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Ethiopia is the country hosting the most refugees in the world (more than 700,000). Most of them have fled the conflicts in neighbouring Somalia or South Sudan. There have also been significant levels of internal displacement caused by drought.

Handicap International works in the Gambella refugee and displaced persons camps to improve living conditions for people with disabilities and vulnerable populations. Handicap International ensures they receive access to basic services (food, hygiene, health care, drinking water etc.) and specific services (distribution of mobility aids, vaccinations, nutrition for children with malnutrition, construction and restoration of water reservoirs etc.). It also trains the staff in rehabilitation centres in the refugee camps on disability prevention and care management and raises the population’s awareness of disability issues.

The organisation is contributing to the campaign against the abandonment of vulnerable children by providing their families with financial support and improving the inclusion of children with disabilities in schools.

It is also helping HIV prevention and care management services to make their activities accessible to people with disabilities.

The final area in which the organisation takes action in Ethiopia is to train villagers to better prepare for natural disasters.

Areas of work

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Background

Ethiopia is the 18th most densely populated country in the world, with more than 100 million inhabitants. Population numbers are swelled even further by massive and recurrent inflows of refugees, and this worsens an already fragile health situation.

The country frequently takes in people who have been displaced in cross-border movements caused by drought, conflict, political upheavals and civil wars in neighbouring countries (Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan). The Ethiopian government has always had a very open policy and allowed humanitarian organisations access to refugee and displaced populations within its territory.

The number of refugees has continued to increase due to both the conflicts in Somalia and in the Republic of South Sudan, and the food crisis in the region which has only become more acute since 2011. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the country will continue to receive asylum seekers from its neighbours because of its geographic location, climatic phenomena, and geo-political events which frequently affect the region.

There is significant economic growth in Ethiopia. Despite this, the health situation remains fragile and health services limited, in particular those dedicated to people with disabilities. Ethiopia also remains one of the Sub-Saharan countries the most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Key figures Ethiopia- Handicap International
Key figures Ethiopia- Handicap International
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Partners

  • Improving living conditions in refugee camps (Gambella)

    • Rehabilitation and Development Organization (RaDO)

    Pedagogical offices in the areas of Dire Dawa, Harar and Somali

    • 49 primary schools

    Resilience of communities faced with natural disasters

    • Government of Ethiopia
    • REAAP Project consortium members (Catholic Relief Services, Hararghe Catholic Secretariat, Cordaid)
    • Enhance protection of children with disabilities against all forms of violence and abandonment

    Microfinance agencies

    • Disabled people’s organizations