19 August is World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognise those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year we provide a snapshot into our work with partners during a response to flooding in Kenya.
Flooding causes mass internal displacement
The Humanitarian Inclusion Standards become part of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, complementing existing guidelines and filling a gap to ensure the rights of older people and persons with disabilities are addressed in humanitarian action.
Rights-based approach to humanitarian action
In February of this year, with our partners in the Age and Disability Capacity Programme (ADCAP), we were delighted to announce the release of the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards.
As part of an ongoing effort to promote disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Pacific countries, this policy brief identifies priority actions for disaster readiness, response and recovery. It has been prepared through a collaborative approach and should be a key reference in the future, promoting coordination across all levels and stages of the humanitarian cycle in the Region.
Promoting inclusion in Pacific humanitarian action
Lessons learnt from the ADCAP programme
This edition of the inclusion of age & disability in humanitarian action training course was jointly developed by the Age and Disability consortium, a group of seven agencies working to promote age and disability inclusive humanitarian assistance: CBM, DisasterReady.org, Handicap International, HelpAge International, IFRC, Oxford Brookes University and RedR UK.
Globally, around 15 per cent of the population are living with some kind of disability. An estimated 13 per cent of people worldwide are over the age of 60. More than 46 per cent of those who are over the age of 60 have a disability.
The undersigned INGOs welcome the organization of the first regional conference on stabilization for the Lake Chad Basin and the involvement of all present actors to find long-term solutions to the current humanitarian, security, political and socioeconomic crisis in the region.
Les ONGI signataires de cette déclaration accueillent avec enthousiasme l’organisation de la première conférence régionale sur la stabilisation dans le Bassin du Lac Tchad et l’implication de tous les acteurs présents pour trouver des solutions de long-terme à la crise sécuritaire, humanitaire, politique et socio-économique que traverse la région.
Bonn, November 7, 2017 – The vulnerability of countries worldwide to extreme natural events has declined. On average, people are better prepared for natural hazards such as cyclones or earthquakes than they were five years ago. This is the outcome of a five-year analysis of the WorldRiskIndex. Today, Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft presents its new WorldRiskReport at the COP 23 Climate Conference in Bonn.
The MAHITA ophthalmology unit is dedicated to the children with visual impairment. CBM is supporting the refurbishment of the entire ophthalmology service and provides equipment for the theatre surgery, the patients’ ward, the waiting room, and the outpatient dispensary.
The opening of the MAHITA Pediatric Eye care and Training project
Hurricane Matthew - One year later
Over the last 12 months, since Hurricane Matthew, CBM and partners have been working to ensure that persons with disabilities and other more at-risk community members in Haiti and Cuba are able to rebuild their lives.
On 19 August 2017, World Humanitarian Day, CBM launches the smartphone app 'Humanitarian Hands-on Tool' (HHoT), which provides step-by-step guidance on how to implement an inclusive emergency response. Easy to use and fully accessible, this is the first application of its kind.
CBM-ASE and partner Resources for the Blind, Inc. turned over 13 duplex houses to 48 persons with disabilities in Bogo City, Cebu.
The Bohol family gratefully walks inside their new home. Their son Willance, a child with visual impairment, is one of the recipients of a new house in Barangay Cayang, Bogo City.
Following the devastating earthquake of 25th April 2015, CBM, with partner organisations, has been working to ensure that everyone in the affected communities - including persons with disabilities - benefits from and participates in relief and recovery work. We have implemented emergency programmes in partnership with 9 local partners covering 17 districts affected by the earthquake.
Six months after Hurricane Matthew, CBM response is ensuring that persons with disabilities and other more at-risk community members in Haiti and Cuba are able to rebuild their lives.
Most powerful storm in ten years
Cyclone Enawo's impact on CBM projects in Madagascar
On 07 March 2017 cyclone ENAWO was hitting the North East of Madagascar, bringing winds and storms between 180-200 km/h, provoking flooding and damages in many regions on its passage for almost three days. The cyclone left 81 human fatalities, while 18 persons remained missing. 253 people were injured, and 433 612 displaced from their houses.
On 7 March, Tropical Storm Enawo-17 made landfall on north-east Madagascar as a very intense tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of around 231 km/h (143 mph). Wind gusts in the area may have been considerably higher. Several deaths are reported and, although Enawo has weakened to a tropical storm, it is moving slowly south-west through the country, bringing heavy rains and therefore risk of flooding/landslides.
CBM and partners
After three months, CBM is ensuring that persons with disabilities and other more at-risk community members are being identified and included in response activities.
Ensuring inclusive response - now and long-term
Since Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti and Cuba on 4 October 2016, CBM Emergency Response Unit, in close collaboration with our Haiti Country Coordination Office and local partners, has implemented a response which includes persons with disabilities and other more at-risk community members.