In Togo, over half of the population lives under the poverty threshold. The number of people with disabilities is estimated at 620,000, 10% of whom require orthopaedic fitting.
Negative perceptions of disability mean the parents of children with disabilities often side-line them, hiding them away from other people. Excluded from playing with other children, from school and from other sources of learning, children with disabilities often grow up to be marginalised adults. Humanity & Inclusion is taking action to change this situation, in collaboration with its numerous governmental and non-governmental partners.
Humanity & Inclusion works to facilitate the social inclusion of people with disabilities by proposing tangible solutions, ranging from orthopaedic fitting and rehabilitation, to the training of professionals via health, social inclusion, raising the awareness of communities about disability and initiatives involving advocacy and campaigning for the rights of people with disabilities. Indeed, it is vital to accept the idea that the latter are fully-fledged citizens, capable of playing an active role in society.