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A long time coming

A long time coming

2011 was a year of many milestones–personally and professionally. In May, Patrick proposed and of course, I said yes. After celebrating our engagement, we traveled to Kenya and Ghana, where I had speaking engagements–my first ever in Africa! Shortly thereafter, Patrick made his first trip of many to the...

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A one-year-old human shield

A one-year-old human shield

Less than a month ago, one-year-old Ali lived in Mosul, with his brother, sister, and parents. “One day, as we were all sitting at home, armed men came,” Ali’s aunt, Kitba explains. “They gathered us along with some of our neighbors and took us to a school where we were...

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Leaving no one behind

Leaving no one behind

One year ago, Handicap International entered a ground-breaking Charter launched by the UN Secretary-General at the World Humanitarian Summit. The Charter on the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian action generated an historical momentum to engage all stakeholders to commit for disability inclusion. On its first anniversary, we’re...

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Food crisis: Reaching the most vulnerable

Food crisis: Reaching the most vulnerable

Across East Africa, hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their homes in search of food and security. With so many people on the move and in need of assistance, Handicap International is concerned that vulnerable people–pregnant women, older people, and people with disabilities–may be forgotten. Handicap International program directors...

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Expanding emergency response in Mosul

Expanding emergency response in Mosul

“Almost seven months after the start of the military operation to recapture the city of Mosul, more than 12,000 civilians have been injured in the assault or as they tried to escape the fighting,” explains Maud Bellon, Handicap International’s field coordinator for the Mosul emergency response. “More than half come...

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Making friends through rehabilitation

Making friends through rehabilitation

Ahmed’s big sister Jamila pushes his wheelchair toward the rehabilitation center in Jordan's Azraq camp for a physical therapy session. Last year, eight-year-old Ahmed, who has cerebral palsy, along with his five siblings and parents, fled Syria. “We had to leave Ahmed’s wheelchair, and carry him all the way,”...

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Handicap International and Fuse partner to support television premiere of Right Footed

LOS ANGELES,  NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, DC – May 10, 2017 - Handicap International and Fuse have teamed up for the U.S. television premiere of the award-winning documentary Right Footed on Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The film presents the uplifting story of Jessica Cox, a young Filipino-American born without arms, who...

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Making limbs using 3D printing technology

Making limbs using 3D printing technology

In many low-income and middle-income countries, only 5%-15% of people who require assistive devices, including artificial limbs, have access to them. In areas that are remote or dangerous, specialized health professionals can be scarce and materials expensive. Poorly made or unadjusted artificial limbs can make life uncomfortable for patients by...

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Saving lives on the road

Saving lives on the road

Every year, about 1.27 million people are killed in road crashes and more than 20 million people are seriously injured worldwide. On Global Road Safety Week, May 8-17, the United General Assembly addresses a key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries: Speed. Speed contributes to around one-third...

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Djamila: Standing tall in Thailand

Djamila: Standing tall in Thailand

Finding Djamlia In June 2015, four-year-old Djamila’s life changed. Handicap International teams were searching the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand for people with disabilities who needed help when they heard about her case and tracked her down. Born with spina bifida, with paralysis in her lower limbs, Djamila could...

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