prosthesis and orthoses workshop with HI support | © Nadia Todres/HI
Working alongside victims since the earthquake hit Haiti on 12 January 2010, HI continues to provide assistance, in particular high quality rehabilitation services.
On 12 January 2010, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake which killed 230,000 people and injured over 300,000 others. In the wake of this disaster, Handicap International mobilised up to 600 people and deployed unprecedented levels of resources to assist the people affected by the earthquake. The organisation provided 90,000 people with rehabilitation care, 1,400 people with orthopaedic fitting and 25,000 people with psychosocial support.
Nine years after the earthquake, the organisation continues to support the Haitian population by developing long-term projects.
explains Sibille Buehlmann, Rehabilitation Technical Coordinator for HI in Haiti.
• In August 2015, 72 students received their qualifications. Today, HI continues to train rehabilitation technicians, improve the skills of physiotherapists, and facilitate access to quality rehabilitation services in hospitals and communities. HI also provides support to health structures.
• The organisation supports around 450 people – especially people with disabilities to help them build their confidence and improve their skills, develop an economic activity or undertake paid employment, earn a living and better provide for their families.
• HI raises the awareness of the dangers on the road for Haitian population and school children and teaches safe behaviours to public transport drivers. HI also conducts advocacy work with the authorities and the Haitian society as a reminder of the importance of preventing road accidents.
• Finally, in a country where a part of the population lives in isolated and remote areas, where very little relief work has been done, HI works with the most vulnerable and isolated families so that they can prepare for and protect themselves against natural disasters.
Alongside its development projects, HI also mobilises its teams each time a natural disaster occurs. In particular, the organisation came to the assistance of the victims of hurricaine Matthew in September 2016 (providing rehabilitation, emergency response and hygiene kits, a logistics platform, and more).