Health and prevention

Good health is an essential part of a person's wellbeing and independence. Whether improving access to local health services, working to prevent the causes of disability, or providing psychological support to the survivors of violence and war, all our actions serve one purpose: to ensure that everyone, including disabled people, has equal access to information, health services and care.

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Improving access to care for the most vulnerable people

Our health projects aim to establish or strengthen access to high quality health care for the most vulnerable people, especially people with disabilities. Our activities include supporting community health services and pharmacies, improving how patients are received and the follow–up care they receive, training health workers, and providing technical and financial support.

Mother and child health

Handicap International trains and supports the staff of health centres, including maternity hospitals. Improving the monitoring of mothers and their babies before, during and after childbirth, reduces the risk of diseases at birth and reduces child mortality.

Preventing Disabling Diseases

Disabling diseases are the scourges of many developing countries, especially in Africa. Diseases like HIV/AIDS, lymphatic filariasis, epilepsy, poliomyelitis, diabetes and leprosy all leave their sufferers severely disabled and often socially excluded. However, with health precautions, information, vaccination and screening campaigns, populations can be protected from these diseases and early detection can reduce or delay the onset of the most seriously disabling consequences.

Once disabling diseases are better understood they are also better treated and better accepted by a patient's family and friends. This is the reason why we work in close collaboration with local organizations, institutions and health workers to carry out vaccination and awareness-raising campaigns, set up information and screening centers and provide training for trainers.

Psychological support

Handicap International offers support to a range of people suffering from psychological problems, including victims of war and conflict, refugees, child soldiers and children with autism or learning difficulties.

In every situation, our teams work in close collaboration with the individual, their family and local health workers to ensure that each individual receives appropriate treatment.

 

"Through our eyes" is a film made with and by children from Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya in 2014, as part of a child participation activity within the “Ubuntu Care" project. THis project confronts sexual violence against children with disabilities in Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya.

Published 11/12/15