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Philippines emergency mission

Still in shock after the devastation caused by typhoon Nesat on September 27, a second typhoon, Nalgae, has struck the northern region of the Philippines. The two typhoons are responsible for the deaths of 59 people and the displacement of about three million others, according to the country's National...

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Haiti: Earthquake recovery

Reynane: Eight-year old Reynane lost a limb in the aftermath of the disaster, which struck Haiti in January 2010. The little girl was trapped under the rubble. She was lucky enough to be rescued alive, but sadly her leg could not be saved.After being discharged from the hospital,...

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Haiti: 18-Month Situation Report

2011 marks a turning point in the organization's global strategy in Haiti. This transition will be accompanied by a reorganization of the mission, with the August 2011 arrival of a Handicap International team dedicated to development activities.Learn more about Handicap International's activities in Haiti in the 18-Month...

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Limiting cholera epidemic impact

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that “the epidemic has killed dozens of people over the last few weeks”, just at the start of the rainy season and the hurricane season. More than 5,400 people have died since the initial outbreak of the epidemic, according...

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Libya: Saving lives

Landmines, used by military forces under the command of Col. Gaddafi in March, now pose a direct threat to the civilian population. The Libyan National Transitional Council has renounced the use of landmines(anti-personnel and anti-vehicle) and agreed to destroy the stockpile of these weapons. In a press release,the Council also expressed...

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Libya: Identifying unexploded devices

Between March 15 and 23, Handicap International performed an initial evaluation mission in the field, which provided consistent information on the presence of a very large number of explosive remnants of war (artillery shells and mortars, rockets, missiles, landmines and unexploded grenades). Large-scale demining operations will be necessary following...

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Libya: Hazardous landmines

This mission is in response to an emergency evaluation conducted in Libya to assess the risk of landmines. The persistent danger posed by these weapons in Libya is particularly noteworthy today, April 4, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The emergency evaluation mission, conducted between...

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Libya: helping refugees

Handicap International has sent an emergency response team to Ras Ajdir on the Tunisian side of the border with Libya. Bertrand Effantin, Handicap International's Coordinator in Tunisia, explains: “The people who have crossed the border are tired, visibly affected by the very trying times they have been through,...

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Haiti: One Year Later

Our activities in Haiti are being implemented by a team of 540 people, including 60 expatriate staff – the largest deployment in Handicap International's history. In addition to the earthquake, Haiti has suffered an extended series of emergencies this year, including harsh weather, a cholera outbreak and electoral violence....

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Responding to Typhoon Megi

The association has released $28,028/€20,000 in funds to meet basic emergency needs. According to the National Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Center,  1.1 million people have been affected by the typhoon. To ensure a rapid response to the crisis in the Philippines, Handicap International has immediately released an initial sum of...

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