UK Activities

Information about Handicap International UK's activities.


UK EMergency Team in Gaza carrying out home visits with local Handicap International staff.
UK EMergency Team in Gaza carrying out home visits with local Handicap International staff.
UK EMergency Team in Gaza carrying out home visits with local Handicap International staff.

Handicap International UK staff support programmes across the organisation:

Raising funds for Handicap International’s activities

Handicap International UK raises money from the general public, schools, groups, corporates, trusts and institutional funders to support Handicap International’s work worldwide. Handicap International UK is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and aims to adhere to best practice in fundraising and contribute to the general development of the third sector. We are also a member of the Remember a Charity consortium which aims to increase the awareness and uptake of giving through legacies.

Supporting field programmes

In 2015, with the generous support of the UK public and institutional donors, the funds raised by Handicap International UK supported 26 countries, two regional and four global programmes: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, NepalPalestinian Territories, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Sri Lanka as well as our Middle East and West Africa regional programmes.

The projects supported cover a wide range of Handicap International’s work, including emergency relief, demining, rehabilitation and inclusive education.

The UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT)

The UKEMT includes a register of UK-based medical and health professionals who are trained to deploy, when requested, to sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes. The register is maintained by the organisation UK-Med, while the team also has a field hospital ready for rapid deployment operated with the support of the UK Fire and Rescue Service.

This innovative project means that the medical team and hospital can deploy to a disaster soon after it happens. Thanks to Handicap International UK, rehabilitation has for the first time been fully integrated into the emergency medical team, meaning that patient care will include not just surgery, but also rehabilitation including the provision of essential equipment such as wheelchairs and orthotics, psychosocial support, and onward referral.

Inclusive Education

Handicap International’s Inclusive Education projects around the world are supported by two Technical Advisors, with the principal advisor based in the UK.

Knowledge Management

We manage Source, an international online resource centre on disability and inclusion issues, and promote its use by professionals and students around the world. We work in collaboration with other organisations to develop relevant and easily usable keylists to promote greater knowledge and good practice.


We work with community groups and schools across the UK to raise awareness about the devastating effects of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive weapons on communities. We also work in education networks to promote greater understanding of issues surrounding disability and development, including the importance of including all learners in education.

Published 09/12/15