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Gaza Strip: Back to Work

Handicap International, which runs services for people with disabilities in the Palestinian Territories, was forced to suspend its activities in the Gaza Strip during the upsurge of violence. According to the United Nations, this latest conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, which began on November 14, left 140 people...

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DR Congo Activities Suspended

Handicap International, which has offices in Goma and runs multiple programs in the region, was forced to suspend its activities. As the situation deteriorates, the most vulnerable people, who receive daily support from the organization, have been hit particularly hard. Since fighting erupted between M23 and the FARDC...

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Visit from Sri Lanka Ambassador

Ambassador Sison distributed crutches to patients and toured the facilities at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Physical Rehabilitation Center in Batticaloa. Thanks to $2 million in USAID funding, Handicap International is able to provide physical rehabilitation to more than 8,000 people with disabilities over a two-year...

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Gaza Strip: Aiding the Vulnerable

“Following a recent upsurge in violence, our teams in the Gaza Strip have had to suspend some of their activities,” explains David Ligneau, Handicap International's head of mission in the Palestinian Territories. “So for the time being we can't supply relief to people who would normally receive it....

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Destroying Libya’s Explosives

The explosives included mortars, landmines, 550-pound, air-dropped bombs, and other weaponry. These were collected from the surrounding area over the course of five months. More than a year after the liberation of Libya, following the eight-month internal conflict in 2011, an abundance of abandoned and unexploded ordnance litters towns,...

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Diabetes: A Global Epidemic

* Every 30 seconds, a leg is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world (Lancet vol. 366, no. 9498). * Every minute, six people lose their lives to diabetes. The occurrence of the disease in poorer countries is dramatically increasing. The number of cases in poor countries is expected...

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How $240 Changed Bikram's Life

Three years ago, a Handicap International community worker trekked to the isolated village of Lalmatiya, Nepal. He was on a mission to identify people with disabilities who needed help. His journey began in the district of Dang, a few hours flight west of Kathmandu. He drove...

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Delivering Aid to Haiti

The organization is handing out emergency kits along with chlorine tablets to prevent cholera. The situation on the ground is extremely worrying: many homes have been damaged or destroyed, some villages are still cut off from assistance, and cholera cases are rising due to poor sanitation. In addition, the...

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Preventing Disability in South Sudan

People displaced from their homes because of conflict or natural disasters are particularly vulnerable to disability. Besides the increased possibility of injury, severe malnutrition—especially in children—can lead to permanent physical and cognitive disabilities. Disability prevention is a core part of our mission in South Sudan, a new country...

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Hurricane Sandy hits Caribbean

“Despite Cuba's highly effective civil defense system, Sandy caused very serious damage,” says Irène Manterola, Handicap International's field program director in Cuba. “The hurricane gathered strength with surprising speed. It also passed through Cuba's eastern provinces, which isn't the usual route taken by hurricanes on the island. The east...

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