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Handicap International is working in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, which is impacted by chronic armed fighting and the presence of mines and explosive remnants of war. Handicap International aims to guarantee quality rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and to ensure their needs met. The organisation is also raising the population’s awareness of the risks of mines and explosive remnants of war.

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Handicap International is working in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, which is impacted by chronic armed fighting and the presence of mines and explosive remnants of war. Handicap International aims to guarantee quality rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and to ensure their needs met. The organisation is also raising the population’s awareness of the risks of mines and explosive remnants of war.
Handicap International is working in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, which is impacted by chronic armed fighting and the presence of mines and explosive remnants of war. Handicap International aims to guarantee quality rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and to ensure their needs met. The organisation is also raising the population’s awareness of the risks of mines and explosive remnants of war.

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Handicap International is working to improve the quality of services, in particular rehabilitation services, for people with disabilities living in remote areas or areas affected by conflict in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. This is notably done by improving existing structures, such as hospitals and rehabilitation centres.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir suffers from the presence of mines and explosive remnants of war, so Handicap International is also leading a project to reduce the risk of accidents (providing awareness-raising sessions, protective equipment, and training volunteers so that they can lead risk education actions).

Handicap International is also helping to champion the rights of people with disabilities in Jammu and Kashmir and heighten awareness of their needs. This is achieved through awareness-raising work on these issues targeting the government and communities.

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Background

There are more than 26 million people with disabilities in India, many of whom fall victim to violence and exclusion. Despite the country’s healthy economic growth, these people are excluded from the resulting development.

India is one of the great emerging powers and in a phase of rapid growth. Despite this, around 30% of the population still lives below the poverty threshold (UNDP 2014) and the economic and social disparities between the different states are enormous.

According to the latest disability census conducted in 2011, there are more than 70 million people with disabilities in India. These people are particularly vulnerable and have limited access to health care, education and jobs. They are also victims of discrimination. The number of people with disabilities is aggravated by various factors, such as malnutrition, appalling living and working conditions, limited access to health care, lack of hygiene, sanitation problems, limited access to information, and the internal conflicts in certain regions.

Furthermore, there are numerous forms of discrimination and social exclusion, notably against people from inferior casts, or tribal and/or remote rural areas. People with disabilities are, therefore, subjected to discrimination on a number of levels and are ill-informed about the social support systems available. Women are considered to be of little value, and are unfairly treated when trying to access services and employment.

The country is also vulnerable to natural disasters, such as drought, cyclones, floods, and landslides, which represent a major threat on the sub-continent.

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Partners

  • Humanitarian assistance to strengthen inclusion and safety of vulnerable population especially people with disabilities in isolated and conflict affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir

    Hope Disability Centre and Help Foundation in collaboration with district/state health authorities, international partners (Save the Children and
    Action Aid).

    Southeast Asia - Regional Project

     

    “Sigmah: Programming Database & Project Management Tool”

    Regional project implemented internally in Handicap International country programmes of
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and headquarter offices
    Sigmah (Informatic System for Humanitarian Aid Projects Management) is an open source software developed and coordinated according to the
    project management needs of a group of 11 French INGOs. Handicap International joined the project in 2011 to enhance the overall quality of its
    project management. The 5 programs under the South Asia Desk are using this tool with the objective to assess its benefits at the end and plan its
    application beyond South Asia.

     

    Partners of the project :