Taking action in an Emergency Response
HI delivers multi-disciplinary humanitarian responses to vulnerable populations affected by conflicts and natural disasters.
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The organisation provides specific support for the injured, trauma victims, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
our response time
in the event of an emergency
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emergency response expatriate staff
countries of intervention in 2018
beneficiaries of our
basic needs* action in 2018
*water, sanitation, shelter and livelihoods
HI stands ready to intervene in the event of crises triggered by natural or human causes (armed conflict) and its emergency response experts ensure all the necessary resources are mobilised to rapidly respond to the needs. In the countries where the organisation already works, it implements a preparedness process to anticipate potential future emergencies and ensure its teams can cope with sudden changes in context.
We also work at community level (villages, urban districts or towns) to prepare the most vulnerable populations for disaster risks.
HI works hard to ensure its emergency responses are accessible to all, including the most vulnerable. The organisation also shares its extensive experience on the inclusion of people with disabilities and the most vulnerable, with other humanitarian actors.
Dedicated resources for rapid deployment
HI is capable of deploying a response in the event of a natural disaster or conflict, anywhere in the world, usually within 72 hours of the onset of the crisis.
Emergency response specialists, robust logistics, direct spending control and optimised approval procedures allow us to provide a rapid and effective response. The organisation has a team of specialists dedicated to the initial emergency response. Part or all of this team is capable of immediately deploying to the affected area to undertake an evaluation mission to identify the needs and ensure a rapid response. Multi-disciplinary teams are deployed to work closely with the people affected to meet their essential or specific needs and facilitate their access to humanitarian services.
Our sectors of activity
• Livelihoods in emergency settings
• Managing and distributing humanitarian aid
• Hygiene, emergency and semi-permanent shelter, rehabilitation of community infrastructure
• Physical and functional rehabilitation
• Psycho-social and psychological support
• Inclusion and accessibility for people excluded from services
• Armed violence reduction (including decontamination, risk education, victim assistance and advocacy)
• Protection against violence and abuse
HI implements activities which meet the essential needs appropriately and rapidly. It also builds the collective capacities of humanitarian actors to take rapid, concerted action.
distribution of kits containing essential household items (blankets, water canisters, cooking kits, hygiene/hygiene promotion kits, etc.), food and/or cash transfer programmes.
emergency shelter (tents), construction/rehabilitation of accessible individual temporary shelters and community infrastructure (compatible with anti-cyclone and earthquake resistant building standards).
pooled logistics services for humanitarian actors (transport, storage, road repair etc.) delivered by Atlas Logistique, our operational unit specialised in local supply chain management.
Atlas Logistique is an operational unit within HI specialised in logistics services and logistics chain management in humanitarian crises. Our service offering includes shared transport and storage, civil engineering, garages and advisory services.
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HI works with the victims of humanitarian disasters, with a particular focus on people with disabilities and any person excluded from aid services.
The organisation campaigns for these people to be included in overall aid provision, and contributes to organising emergency relief through integrated, adapted projects:
• Support for hospitals on the care management of people with injuries: technical and logistics assistance, reinforcing the teams, material assistance etc.
• Physical and functional rehabilitation of people with injuries and disabilities: early intervention, assistive devices (wheelchairs, walking frames etc.). Functional rehabilitation sessions, orthopaedic fitting and manufacture of prostheses, training rehabilitation technicians.
• Psychosocial and psychological support (individual and community): implementation of activities to reduce the psychological distress of at-risk people or victims though targeted individual interviews, peer-to-peer discussion groups, activities to further social cohesion, distribution of protection kits etc.
• Protection against violence and abuse
As part of our armed violence reduction projects, we implement victim assistance, explosive remnants of war risk education and advocacy in the same geographic area in order to increase the impact on the affected communities. We also identify and refer victims to dedicated services including emergency rehabilitation, psychosocial support and middle and long-term socio-economic inclusion activities.
HI emergency kits pre-positioned
Our emergency kits are pre-positioned in secure warehouses in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Lyon (France) in order to optimise our intervention capacity and our response times when a crisis occurs:
• Capacity to meet the essential and specific needs (functional rehabilitation equipment) of over 7,000 people, within 72 hours, with the possibility of re-stocking within 3 weeks.
• All of our kits are compliant with international standards and available for use not only by HI programmes, but all other humanitarian actors as well.
• The supply chain is managed stringently in order to guarantee the financial traceability of the kits.
HI has also developed an integrated strategy on global and local pre-positioning: it combines a centralised, standard offer from the stocks in Dubai and Lyon and an offer developed under framework agreements with local suppliers. This strategy allows us to put into place efficient supply solutions which can be adapted to the community’s needs.
HI implements development and emergency response programmes in around sixty countries.
When a humanitarian disaster occurs in one of these countries, the organisation can rely on its teams already in place. In emergency situations their in-depth understanding of the country allows them to conceive our emergency response interventions in collaboration, where relevant, with legitimate and effective national services and partners.
This also facilitates our access to the affected areas and allows us to more rapidly collect information from the affected communities on the real needs in the wake of a crisis.
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