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11 Jan 2016 description

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people and injuring more than 300,000. Handicap International deployed unprecedented resources to support the victims. Six years later, we continue to work with the Haitian people.

Emergency response

09 Sep 2015 description

Handicap International, along with partners at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), celebrated the graduation of 72 Haitians from its rehabilitation technician training course in Port-au-Prince on Aug. 27.

The diploma program was a first for the country, filling a critical gap that existed before the 2010 earthquake, when the country counted a scant 13 physical therapists, most of whom lived abroad. The program aims to strengthen local rehabilitation skills. It is a major achievement, and opens up new possibilities for the future.

27 Jul 2015 description

Summary

Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.

The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.

07 Jan 2015 description

Patrick Senia has been leading Handicap International’s work in Haiti for the last three years. His team, specialised in development, took over to follow on from the emergency projects initiated by the association to respond to the earthquake which hit in January 2010. A few days before the 5thanniversary of the earthquake, he reviews the challenges that need to be met in one of the poorest countries in the world which struggles from one natural disaster to another.

10 Jan 2014 description

James Medina, 25 ans, a été amputé suite au séisme du 12 janvier 2010 et a reçu une prothèse de Handicap International. Aujourd'hui étudiant en orthopédie grâce à l'association, ill explique pourquoi il suit une formation de technicien orthopédiste.

10 Jan 2014 description

"Why did I lose my leg? Perhaps fate wanted me to give prostheses to other people.”

“There were 25 of us in the classroom,” says James Medina, remembering the moment the earth began to shake on January 12, 2010. As the university building collapsed around him, 19 of his classmates died, along with more than 1,000 other young people. “I spent the whole day under the rubble. I was protected by the bodies of five friends. I think about it every day."

12 Jan 2013 description

London, 12th January 2013. Handicap International launched its biggest ever emergency operation in response to the earthquake that hit Haiti on 12th January 2010. Three years on, the organisation is still present in Haiti, where it is helping to build the capacity of the local population to respond to the country’s needs.

10 Jan 2013 description

Lyon, le 10 janvier 2013 - Suite au séisme qui a frappé Haïti le 12 janvier 2010, Handicap International a déployé la plus importante mission d’urgence de son histoire. Trois ans plus tard, elle continue d’intervenir, pour renforcer la capacité des Haïtiens à relever de multiples défis.

2010-2011 - Deux ans d’intervention massive auprès des blessés et des plus vulnérables

10 Jan 2013 description

Manise is a brave women. After her arm was amputated following the earthquake, she was fitted with a prosthesis by Handicap International. She is now able to care for her five year old daughter and can afford to send her to school thanks to the small business she has set up with support from Handicap International.

02 Jan 2013 description

Suite au tremblement de terre qui a frappé Haïti le 12 janvier 2010, Handicap International a mis sur pied le plus important déploiement de son histoire. Trois ans plus tard, l'association intervient toujours dans le pays, pour développer avec des acteurs haïtiens des solutions de long terme aux difficultés que connaît le pays.

Une réponse d'urgence massive

01 Feb 2012 description

Bedlais Bonhomme, 33, was a community liaison for Handicap International's Shelter project until December 2011, when he became assistant field director for Petit-Gôave.

13 Jan 2012 description

WASHINGTON -- Two years ago, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of 220,000 people and affected more than 3 million1. Handicap International, present in the country since 2008, was able to respond to the disaster immediately, and the organization remains committed to ensuring that people with disabilities and other vulnerable individuals have access to the services they need.

09 Jan 2012 description

Communiqué de presse

Lyon, le 9 janvier 2012. Il y a deux ans, Haïti était frappé par un séisme qui a coûté la vie à près de 220 000 personnes et en a affecté plus de trois millions. Présente dans le pays depuis 2009, Handicap International, s’est investie dans la réponse à la catastrophe avec un niveau d’engagement sans précédent dans l’histoire de l’association. 90 000 séances de soins de base ou de rééducation physique ont été prodiguées, 1500 personnes amputées ont été appareillées, plus de 5000 personnes ont été relogées…

31 Dec 2011 description

Abstract

Background: The disaster response environment in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake represented a complex healthcare challenge. This study was designed to identify challenges during the Haiti disaster response.

Methods: Qualitative and quantitative study of injured patients carried out six months after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti to review the surgical inputs of foreign medical teams.

07 Dec 2011 description

Residents in Petit-Goâve and Grand-Goâve and the Handicap International shelter project team in Haiti have been anticipating the completion of shelters since July 2010. Eighteen months of hard work later, more than 1,000 transitional shelters have been built!

To celebrate, Handicap International organized a ceremony for the shelter recipients and the Handicap International team that organized this project with them, as well as the surrounding communities and our partner organizations.

07 Dec 2011 description

Situation actuelle : Le séisme qui a frappé Haïti le 12 janvier 2010, a coûte la vie à plusieurs centaines de millier de personnes et détruit une grande parti des infrastructures vitales d'un pays comptant déjà parmi les plus pauvres du monde ( L'indice de développement humain place le pays au 145e rang ; sur 169 ) Aujourd'hui encore, un grand nombre de personnes dépendent de l'aide humanitaire et plus de 50000 d'entre elles attendent toujours d'être relogées

Inclusion des personnes handicapées et des personnes les plus vulnérables

05 Dec 2011 description

Les habitants de Petit-Goâve et Grand-Goâve et les équipes de Handicap International y pensent depuis juillet 2010. 18 mois de travail acharné et aujourd’hui ça y est, c’est fait : plus de 1 000 abris transitionnels ont été construits !

Pour fêter cela, une cérémonie a été organisée, mettant en avant la formidable solidarité de la population touchée et de l’équipe qui a mené ce projet avec elle, mais aussi au-delà, avec les communes et les organisations partenaires.

22 Nov 2011 description

November 18 2011.

Almost two years after Haiti was hit by a major earthquake, Handicap International is preparing to refocus its efforts on its specialist development teams. We look back at the work accomplished so far.

When Haiti was struck by an earthquake in January 2010, Handicap International launched an unprecedented emergency response to provide immediate aid to the disaster's victims.