Kobani: A city of rubble and unexploded devices
June 2015 | Syria
Handicap International mine action experts assessed the beleaguered city of Kobani, Syria in April 2015 and discovered an alarming level of unexploded ordnance contamination. Four months of combat, including ground fighting and coalition air strikes, left an average of 10 munitions per square metre in the city centre and destroyed nearly 80% of buildings, according to this Handicap International brief.
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The use of explosive weapons in Syria: a time bomb in the making
May 2015 | Syria
This report warns of the high degree of weapons contamination in Syria that is putting the lives of 5.1 million Syrians, including 2 million children, at high risk of death, injury, and disability. Based on an analysis of 77,645 incidents linked to weapons collected between December 2012 and March 2015, the study found that explosive weapons are the most commonly used weapons in the Syria conflict. Indeed, explosive weapons were present in 83.73% of reported incidents. Civilians are in grave danger, as 75% of these incidents are taking place in populated areas.
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Advocacy briefing papers
2015 | Worldwide
A series of advocacy briefings on thematic areas of Handicap International's work. Using priorities outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, the goals within the New Agenda for Sustainable Development, and our own expertise as our guide, these briefing papers provide information and guidance on key priority areas for disability inclusion. The messages and recommendations are for anyone working in a development and humanitarian context and provide a starting point for inclusion interventions.
- Advocacy briefing papers: an introduction
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- Humanitarian Response: how to include everyone?
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- A human right to health
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- Rehabilitation and health systems
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- Education for All?
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- Inclusion: the key to essential disaster risk management
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- Gender and disability
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- Jobs & Livelihoods
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- The SCOPEO tool - Measuring the impact of our interventions
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Bombs under the rubble
A study of awareness of Explosive Remnants of War among the population of Gaza.
January 2015 | Gaza
This baseline assessment was undertaken by Handicap International in October 2014 in all five governorates of Gaza. The focus of the survey was to collect baseline data related to the knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding Explosive Remnants of War contamination in communities impacted by the recent conflict.
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Hidden victims of the Syria crisis: disabled, injured and older refugees
April 2014 | Lebanon and Jordan
The Syrian crisis has generated the largest refugee movement since the Rwandan genocide and is described as the defining refugee crisis of our era. Within this refugee population, older, disabled and injured refugees face specific challenges that contribute to their vulnerability. Yet, studies of humanitarian programming show that these same groups are often neglected in the assessment, data collection, design and delivery of responses.
In October and November 2013, Handicap International and HelpAge International undertook a research project to highlight the number and needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon living with impairment, injury and chronic disease. The findings present a new and critical perspective on the position of the identified groups and the risks and vulnerabilities they face, with far-reaching consequences for the way current humanitarian responses are designed and delivered.
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A focus on the impact of explosive weapons
Causes and types of injuries encountered by Handicap International while working with Internally Displaced Persons in Syria.
January 2014 | Syria
This paper provides a snapshot of the types of injuries caused by explosive weapons, such as those encountered by Handicap International while working with Internally Displaced Persons in Syria. Since the onset of the crisis, Handicap International has worked to assist vulnerable people in Syria and neighbouring countries by providing physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support, weapons risk education as well as through the provision of assistive and mobility devices, including prosthetics and orthotics.
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