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Philippine gov’t to SURGE, DIPECHO: You are handing over safer communities

MAKATI CITY – Marking the end of its work in the Philippines for more than a decade, the European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department’s Disaster Preparedness Program (DIPECHO), together with the Scaling Up Resilience in Governance (SURGE) consortium, has officially handed over its advocacies, learnings, and knowledge products to the Philippine government. Through…

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Thousands of Davaoeños continue to step up during World Diabetes Day

DAVAO CITY – Continuing their steps in promoting healthy living and the prevention, control and management of diabetes, thousands of people from different institutions and sectors converged to commemorate the 2015 World Diabetes Day in People’s Park last November 13. Davaoeños from numerous institutions and sectors kicked off the celebration with a colorful rendition of…

Fifth from right, Walk organiser Richard Erick Caballero, Project Manager for Handicap International, and his team. © Handicap International

Five steps to a successful Walk

(Note from the Editor: Reposted with permission from the World Diabetes Foundation. For the original article, click here.) About 800 Walkers were expected to participate in the first Global Diabetes Walk in Davao City, Philippines, in 2014. Instead, 1,500 Walkers ended up taking steps to prevent diabetes. How did this happen? Organiser Richard Erick Caballero,…

Rommel Barro visiting his doctor at the Jacinto Health Center in Davao City, Philippines. © Handicap International

Philippines: saving feet, one patient at a time

(Note from the editor: Reposted with permission from the World Diabetes Foundation. For the original article, click here.) Dr. Isagani Braganza gives a quick, welcoming smile as Rommel Barro enters his consulting room at the Jacinto Health Center, and then turns his full attention to the man’s feet. He leans in as Rommel removes his…

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Handicap International releases Annual Report for 2014

Handicap International’s latest Annual Report provides an overview of our work for and with vulnerable sectors, including persons with disabilities, for the whole year of 2014. The report documents the continuation of our emergency response in particular areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and as well as development-oriented projects and initiatives during the past year. Financial…

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HOW TO HUG, AND PAY IT FORWARD, WITHOUT ARMS

(Editor’s Note: This blog is the third of a series by Handicap International Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker, pilot, wife, and disability rights advocate who was born without arms. Reposted with permission from Handicap International United States.) Over the last few days, I have received an overwhelming number of phone calls and messages…

Over 270 residents were serviced during the separate missions done by the Baras Disabled Peoples' Organization in the municipality. © BFPWDAI

Baras DPO conducts medical missions in Rizal province

Addressing the importance of health and wellness in inclusive local development, the local disabled people’s organization (DPO) in Baras, Rizal spearheaded medical missions in the province as part of their celebration of the 37th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week. Conducted last July 22 & 23, the Baras Federation of Persons with Disabilities Association,…

A patient gets tested for her blood sugar at the laboratory area of the local health facility in Samal. © City Health Office of the Island Garden City of Samal

CVD Project set to achieve 4th WDF milestone one year early

Eleven months prior to their deadline, the CVD Project is on track to accomplish the fourth set of milestones indicated by the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) within the next few months. According to latest data, the project and its partners have already achieved a total of 48 foot and wound clinics in the intervention areas…

Remita is one of the beneficiaries of Handicap International's shelter project in Sigma, Capiz where they provided cash grants and construction materials to vulnerable families whose houses were partially or totally damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.  © Jen Mendoza/Handicap International

Remita: Looking forward to tomorrow

“Of course I remember you. It’s good to see you!” This was Remita’s enthusiastic greeting as she paused from tending her small vegetable patch to greet Handicap International’s shelter team, who came to check the condition of her newly-repaired house in Barangay Bangonbangon, Sigma, Capiz, Philippines. 74-year old Remita and her 72-year old husband Amador…