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…

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Handicap International prepares as Typhoon Hagupit threatens the Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Ruby) is set to hit the Philippines this weekend, potentially impacting millions of people. Handicap International’s teams working in the archipelago are preparing to take action to support the most vulnerable populations. There is a serious risk that super typhoon Hagupit, which has been gathering strength in the Pacific ocean since…

Handicap International physiotherapists make hand orthoses for John, who has cerebral palsy and whose family was rendered homeless by super typhoon Haiyan. © Maud Bellon / Handicap International

Dreams within reach

John, a fifteen year old boy who was born with cerebral palsy, used to live with his parents in a house close to the beach in Tacloban. But the wind, and above all the water that came with Typhoon Haiyan, destroyed everything.

Henri Bonnin, occupational therapist, during his first visit to wounded people in the hospitals of Tacloban. Tacloban had been severely hit by typhoon Haiyan. © Maud Bellon / Handicap International

Rebuilding from nothing

Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 8th November 2013, is the strongest ever recorded. It has affected 14.1 million people. Over 6,000 deaths have been recorded and 1,779 people are still reported missing. A logistics platform has been set up by Handicap International in Tacloban, one of the worst affected towns.

Damages in Eastern Samar province. The south coast of Samar and Eastern Samar provinces had been severely hit by Haiyan Typhoon. Photo: Brice Blondel / Handicap International

HI sends emergency team to typhoon-hit areas

Handicap International is today (November 11) sending a team of emergency specialists to the Philippines in response to the disaster now gripping the country. They will complement the work already being done by the organisation’s teams in the field.