Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. Handicap International is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.
Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, 1.4 million are still in need of humanitarian aid and 750,000 require immediate assistance. In Les Cayes, authorities have reported more than 3,000 injuries. Handicap International’s team see an extreme scarcity of healthcare facilities and those that do exist have only limited resources to treat their patients.
The most isolated in the humanitarian response
“It is still very difficult to access people affected by the hurricane,” explains Hélène Robin, head of Handicap International’s emergency operations. “The major roads are almost impassable for lorries transporting humanitarian aid and there have been no large-scale food distributions yet. There’s nothing left to eat, the crops have been destroyed, and the rare stores not flattened by the storm have been looted. The threat of famine is causing families a lot of distress.”
Paris, le 10 octobre 2016. Présentes en Haïti avant le passage de l’ouragan Matthew, les équipes de Handicap International, renforcées par les spécialistes de l’urgence de l’association, s’organisent pour venir en aide aux plus vulnérables. Plus de 1,4 million de personnes ont aujourd’hui besoin d’une assistance immédiate1 . Alors que le bilan s’alourdit de jour en jour, certaines zones et des milliers de personnes sont encore isolés de toute aide.
« Le risque sanitaire est majeur »
As the death toll in Haiti soars to more than 800 following Hurricane Matthew, humanitarian organizations including Handicap International face a race against the clock. Rising casualty numbers threaten to overwhelm the few health centers and hospitals not hit by the disaster. Large sections of the population are also at risk from epidemics.
Paris, le 8 octobre 2016, 19h. Quatre jours après le passage de l’ouragan Matthew en Haïti, qui a fait plus de 800 morts, les organisations humanitaires sont engagées dans une course contre la montre pour venir en aide aux victimes. Les rares centres de santé et hôpitaux qui n’ont pas été touchés par la catastrophe sont engorgés par un nombre croissant de blessés. Les risques d’épidémie mettent en danger la population. L’acheminement de l’aide est à ce stade impossible par voie terrestre.
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Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.
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