In Togo, over half of the population lives under the poverty threshold. The number of people with disabilities is estimated at 620,000.
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. HI is taking action to change this situation, in collaboration with its numerous governmental and non-governmental partners.
HI runs projects in diverse areas. Our project with mothers and young babies in the maritime region has been improving neonatal outcomes since 2015. HI has been working with Lomé prisoners since 2014 to humanise conditions and improve social insertion. Newer initiatives include a project to ensure that children with disabilities can attend primary and secondary school and have access to professional training and a nation-wide project to improve support for people with mental health needs at a community level.