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Handicap International works to support children with disabilities in Senegal. In the Casamance region, it uses his expertise to take action against anti-personnel landmines.

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Handicap International works to support children with disabilities in Senegal. In the Casamance region, it uses his expertise to take action against anti-personnel landmines.
Handicap International works to support children with disabilities in Senegal. In the Casamance region, it uses his expertise to take action against anti-personnel landmines.

Our actions

Handicap International is currently working on a range of projects to support children with disabilities in the regions of Dakar and Casamance:

  • The prevention, detection and management of impairments relating to maternal, neonatal and infant health issues.
  • Action to ensure that children with disabilities can attend school and take part in sports activities like all other children.
  • Fighting sexual violence against children.

In parallel, the organisation runs a professional inclusion project for adults with disabilities, along with a project to improve the extent to which they are taken into consideration in HIV/AIDS control programmes.

The other key aspect of Handicap International’s work in Senegal to protect the population in the Casamance from the anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines which threaten their lives and hinder development in the region. The organisation began its tireless fight against landmines left behind after hostilities in 1999, with a vast campaign to educate the population about the risks posed by these weapons. It then built an orthopaedic fitting and rehabilitation centre at the regional hospital in Ziguinchor, to help landmine victims.  After carrying out its first mine clearance programme in the country from 2007 to 2012, Handicap International is currently implementing mine risk education and demining projects as part of a new one-year programme which started in September 2015.

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Background

Senegal is a key economic power in West Africa but its wealth is very unevenly distributed. A total of 45.1% of the country's population lives in extreme poverty and people with disabilities represent a large proportion of this group. Furthermore, in the south of the country, in Casamance, the population still lives with the threat of anti-personnel landmines.

The legislative framework on disability in Senegal has changed for the better since 2010, when the country ratified the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.[1] However, transposing the laws subsequently adopted into tangible political actions has been fraught with difficulties. People with disabilities in Senegal face obstacles every day as they try to access health, education and employment services. Victims of discrimination, they continue to fight to have their fundamental rights upheld. Handicap International has been working alongside them since 1995.

The country has also been very heavily impacted by the conflict opposing the Senegalese army to the autonomist movement of Casamance. The conflict, which has lasted for over 30 years, is hindering the country’s development. The proliferation of anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines has made much of the agricultural land in this region inaccessible. A total of 832 mine victims have been recorded since Senegal ratified the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty ratified in 1988.[2] Of these, 635 survived their injuries and require healthcare, orthopaedic fitting and medical, social and economic support. Most of them are destitute.

 

[1]The purpose of the convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. It also aims to promote their inherent dignity.

[2]Recorded victims from 1988 to end of 2013. Source: Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, September 2014.

Key Figures Senegal - Handicap International
Key Figures Senegal - Handicap International
WHERE your support HELPS

Partners

  • Inclusive education (APPEHL)

    The Ministry of National Education through the Division for Elementary Education, the Departmental National Education Inspectorates and the Academic Inspectorates for the areas concerned, the IME (Medical Inspectorate for Schools) and the CAOSP (Academic Centre for Schools and Professional Careers Advice) in the areas concerned; the UROPH (regional union of Disabled People's Organisations) in Ziguinchor and the affiliated Disabled People's Organisations, the departmental federation of Disabled People's Organisations in Dakar, the Parents Associations and the school management committees in the areas concerned; the national centre for orthopaedic fitting in Dakar, the regional hospital in Ziguinchor and other health services in the region of Dakar and Ziguinchor.

    ACCESS: Accessible HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Services for All

    Society for Women and Aids in Africa, SWAA Senegal, FEI5% Initiative, Ministry of Health and Medical Ziguinchor Region, National Alliance against AIDS (ANCS) and the National Council for the Fight against AIDS (CNLS).

    EMPHAS - Employment of People with Disabilities in Senegal

    • Ministry of Youth, Employment and Promotion of Civic Values
    • Ministry of Training, Learning and Crafts
    • National Agency for Youth Employment - ANEJ
    • Agency for Youth Employment Suburbs - AJEB
    • National Office for Vocational Training (ONFP)
    • FONDEF (Development Fund for Technical Education and Vocational Training)
    • CSR initiative Senegal (network of public and private partners involved in promoting CSR)
    • Disabled people's organizations (DPOs) in the region of Dakar
    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg

    Mother and Child Health

    • AMREF
    • Medical region of Kolda
    • CNAO (National Centre for Orthopaedic Fitting)
    • CRAO (Regional Centre for Orthopaedic Fitting) in Kolda
    • French Development Agency

    Bio-behavioural study of people with disabilities’ exposure to HIV in Senegal

    CNLS (French National Council for AIDS control) and Initiative 5%

    Supporting SMEs

    • Ministry for Professional Training, Apprenticeships and Tradespeople
    • Managers of small and medium-sized companies
    • A micro-finance institution
    • Argidius Foundation

    FOOTBALL FOR ALL

    • Ministry for Health and Social Work
    • Ministry for Sport
    • Football federation and its local branches in the region of Dakar
    • Neighbourhood sports clubs
    • Inclusive sport stakeholders
    • FIFA

    DEMINING

    National centre of anti-mines action in Senegal (Centre national d’action antimines au Sénégal)