Autism and the National Autism Consciousness Week

The term autism was first used by Eugen Bleuler in 1908 to describe a patient “who had withdrawn into his own world”. He used the term to refer to persons with morbid admiration and withdrawal within self. It came from the Greek word “autos”, which means “self”. More than a century later, studies revealed that…

HI participates in hearing re: suffrage of persons with disabilities

The Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms of the House of Representatives held a hearing to discuss eight house bills concerning early and local absentee voting procedures for persons with disabilities, older people and people with work during election days. Handicap International (HI) participated in the said hearing to provide inputs for the improvement of…

HI helping PRC be more inclusive

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) aspire to improve their organization by providing a comprehensive set of services for the people in vulnerable conditions and become a more inclusive of persons with disabilities with the goal of becoming one of the foremost humanitarian organizations in the country. To achieve this, PRC sought the expertise of Handicap…

IDPD 2016: Focusing on disability and sustainable development

The world population is over 7 billion and the United Nations (UN) estimates that 1 billion people (15 per cent) live with some form of disability; 80 per cent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries. “Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with…

Yolanda commemoration 2016: looking back but moving forward

On this day, three years ago, super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) made landfall in the Visayas, the central section of the Philippines. It is said that Haiyan is the strongest typhoon in history to make landfall. Thousands of persons perished. Handicap International was one of the very first organisations that responded to the affected…

Handicap International leads observation of IDDR in Capiz

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is being observed every 13 October and Handicap International, through the Restoring Livelihoods and Building the Resilience of Most Vulnerable People Affected by Typhoon Haiyan (iRESTORE) Project, led this year’s observation in Capiz province, Panay island. A motorcade from Villareal Stadium to Roxas City (the province’s capital) Plaza…

HI, other int’l NGOs conduct rapid assessment in Haima-affected areas

Edward Ello, inclusion advisor of Handicap International, joined other emergency specialists from member organisations of the Philippine International Nongovernment Organisations Network (PINGON) to conduct rapid assessment in Ilocos Norte province, after Typhoon Haima hit the Philippines on 19 October. Ilocos Norte is one of the provinces that was directly hit by Typhoon Haima (local name…

Update: Typhoon Haima in PH

The Philippines’ national weather bureau PAGASA announced earlier this morning that Typhoon Haima (local name Lawin) has “slightly weakened while traversing Apayao province” with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph and gustiness of 230 kph. It has definitely weakened as compared to last night’s winds of 225 kph and gustiness of 315 kph as it…

PH threatened by typhoon Haima

After typhoon Sarika (local name: Karen) struck the country on Saturday 15 October impacting more than 8,000 people leading to the displacement of thousands and causing serious flooding, the Philippines is now preparing to face the arrival of typhoon Haima, set to hit on Wednesday 19 or Thursday 20 October. Having formed over the Pacific…