In an emergency, many of those already most vulnerable to the effects of disasters are unable to access crucial aid. For World Humanitarian Day, Handicap International reaffirms its commitment to making humanitarian aid accessible to every affected person without distinction.
Ecuador, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nepal, Yemen, Ukraine, the Middle East, Sierra Leone, Libya, the Philippines— millions around the globe are currently affected by crises ranging from epidemics to wars. In these situations, persons with disabilities, elderly persons, and isolated persons are among the most disadvantaged. 75% of people with disabilities do not have sufficient access to humanitarian aid.
In 2015 alone, our association supported 740,000 people in 24 countries facing emergencies; almost half of them Syrian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq. Whether it is providing technical support to hospitals, essential rehabilitation care to people with serious injuries or disabilities, or psychosocial support to those coping with trauma, Handicap International is committed to repairing the lives of those impacted by humanitarian crises.
No person should be denied the help they need due to geographical isolation. Handicap International logistics experts work to extend the reach of other humanitarian actors. To surmount obstacles of geography, the organization has created logistics platforms and multi-organizational partnerships to ensure that aid gets where it needs to go, no matter how remote. Handicap International currently runs two logistics platform in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and in the Central African Republic, through which networks of truckers allow international organizations to efficiently reach the most isolated people.