In 2011, after more than 17 years of presence, Handicap International closed its offices in Angola, but continues to provide long-distance support to disabled people‘s organizations.
Of a population of approximately 20 million, an estimated 500,000 Angolans live with disabilities. Taking into account the intensity and duration (40 years) of civil war in the country, this figure is very likely much higher. The presence of anti-personnel mines in the region and the limited access to health care are also on-going problems.
Support to DPOs (Disabled People's Organizations)
Handicap International continues to support the network of local associations for people with disabilities in three provinces (Huambo, Benguela and Huila), without maintaining a presence in the country. The organization’s current goal is to support disabled persons’ organizations to strengthen their capacities to self-advocate and defend their rights independently.