Working with the media

Information for journalists interested in covering Handicap International's work or getting expert insight from our staff.


Handicap International staff members regularly offer their insight to the media on topics related to disability. We have a wide range of expert spokespeople available for interviews with UK and international journalists.

Our press team can facilitate access to Handicap International staff and projects and provide a wide range of high quality reports, case studies, photos and video suitable for broadcast.

For journalists planning trips to countries in which Handicap International works, we may be able to provide information before travelling, support with logistics, and briefings on arrival, along with access to our staff, projects, and beneficiaries on the ground. Please note that, as a charity, our capacity to provide this level of support is limited. Therefore, we prefer to develop relationships with trusted media partners that have a proven track record of impactful, high quality coverage.

In all our work with the media, our overriding priority is always the protection of our beneficiaries - the disabled and vulnerable people who we support through our projects around the world.

For more information, please get in touch with our press team by emailing media[at] or calling +44 (0)870 774 3737.


The following Handicap International experts are available for interview:

Aleema Shivji, Director of Handicap International UK

Aleema Shivji

Executive Director, Handicap International UK

With more than fifteen years of experience working in the field of disability, Aleema is particularly specialised in the inclusion of disabled and vulnerable people in humanitarian emergencies.

Originally a qualified physiotherapist, Aleema has worked with Handicap International since 2005 across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean, in both crisis and post-crisis contexts. Having spent many years on the front lines of our work in various conflicts and disasters around the world, Aleema has real field experience and can offer expert insight.  

Before taking over as Executive Director of Handicap International UK in 2012, Aleema was Country Director for the organisation’s programme in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010.

Aleema writes a regular blog on the Huffington Post.

Technical experts

Handicap International has a team of technical experts who support our local staff working on projects around the world. We have specialists on a range of topics including:

  • Disability worldwide
  • Physical rehabilitation and orthopaedics
  • Humanitarian emergencies (e.g. inclusion of disabled and vulnerable people, basic needs, logistics)
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Inclusion in education, livelihoods, and society
  • Inclusive local development (e.g. support to disabled people's organisations, accessibility)
  • Prevention and Health (e.g. HIV and AIDS, Non-Communicable Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Mental Health, Epilepsy, Maternal and Child Health, Violence and Protection, and Road Safety.)
  • Explosive weapons (including Humanitarian Demining, Risk Education, Victim Assistance and Advocacy.)

Please contact our press team to be put in touch with a relevant technical expert.

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UK press team

Email: media[at]
Telephone: +44 (0)870 774 3737

For urgent enquiries,
contact Marlene Sigonney:
+44 (0)7508 810 520