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Emergencies

Humanity & Inclusion’s emergency response teams take action on the ground to assist the most vulnerable, in particular people with disabilities, injured and displaced people.

Camp for internally displaced persons in DR Congo.

? Till Mayer/HI

A humanitarian disaster can take many forms - earthquakes, floods, tsunami or conflict. They often strike without warning and almost always affect people who are already desperately poor.

For people affected, it can be a traumatic ordeal. The months following an emergency are often as dangerous as the disaster itself. Injured and disabled people face a long, hard fight to return to a 'normal' life.

How we work in humanitarian emergencies

Wherever natural disasters or disease epidemics break out, the most vulnerable people face the greatest risks, and in conflict, civilians often bear the brunt of casualities. HI provides multi-disciplinary humanitarian response to refugees, displaced people and the most vulnerable affected populations. It supports injured people, victims of trauma and people with disabilities.

In 2006, HI merged with Atlas Logistique, which provided the organisation with unique expertise in the logistics of emergency relief operations. Our teams have been involved in the humanitarian responses to all the major crises that have rocked the world in recent decades: Indonesia, Haiti, Philippines, Syria, Bangladesh, Nepal, Yemen, Iraq, and Central African Republic.

The uniqueness of HI's approach is its capacity to rapidly supply a variety of responses, ranging from meeting the most essential needs en masse, to providing an adapted response to very specific needs. From the outset, HI plans for how its responses can be implemented in both emergency and development contexts, ensuring continuity of progress.

Dedicated resources for rapid deployment

HI is committed to providing an adapted response to natural disasters, epidemics, and conflict situations throughout the world, often within the 72 hours following the outbreak of the crisis.

Our quick deployment of emergency response specialists, solid logistics, direct spending control, and rapid decision-making processes mean we can deploy a rapid and effective response.

We have our own team of specialists dedicated to the initial emergency response. All or part of this team can immediately be dispatched to conduct an evaluation mission to the scene of a disaster in order to identify the needs and deploy our expertise appropriately and efficiently.

Emergency response activities

  • Emergency supplies: emergency kit distributions and cash transfers
  • Common logistics services for other aid actors
  • Hygiene
  • Emergency and semi-permanent shelters, rehabilitation of community construction
  • Physical and functional rehabilitation
  • Psychosocial and psychological support
  • Inclusion and accessibility of humanitarian aid services for people with disabilities and other excluded groups
  • Armed violence reduction (including weapons clearance, risk education, victim assistance, and advocacy).

For more information, download our Emergency Response information pack (pdf, 965Kb)

Latest emergencies


Covid-19

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, HI teams are working to protect those most at risk: older and disabled people, people with chronic diseases, and families displaced from their homes by war. We are facing an unprecedented challenge - an emergency affecting not just one, but all of the 55 countries we work in.

Covid-19 Emergency appeal


Yemen

The conflict in Yemen and the blockade imposed in November 2017 by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition are having a devastating impact on the population. The humanitarian needs are immense. Humanity & Inclusion has been providing rehabilitation care, psychological support and mobility aids since 2015. We work in eight hospitals and physical rehabilitation centres in Sanaa.

Yemen crisis appeal


Iraq

Since the beginning of 2014, 2.8 million people have fled fighting in the north and west of Iraq. More than 1 million traveled to Kurdistan. They join more than 248,000 Syrians seeking refuge there. In 2016, large numbers of Iraqi civilians have been forced to flee Mosul as a result of the conflict there. HI teams are working to ensure that vulnerable people can access care, medication, and the mobility aids they need, like wheelchairs or crutches.

Mosul crisis appeal


Syria crisis

Humanity & Inclusion is supplying aid and rehabilitation care to injured and disabled people affected by the Syria crisis and the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan who are surviving in extremely difficult conditions. 

Syria crisis appeal


Bangladesh

Since August 2017, more than 905,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh. They are in desperate need of basic aid, psychosocial support, and rehabilitation care. HI has more than 200 staff on the ground, working to support the most vulnerable, including people with disabilities.

Since June 2018, more than 9,000 Rohingya have been affected by floods and landslides in Bangladesh. HI teams continue to assist affected populations in a challenging environment. 

Rohingya crisis appeal

 

Other recent emergencies


Mozambique

On 15th March 2019, deadly cyclone Idai tore through Mozambique. More than 1,000 people were killed and thousands of injured people were left in urgent need of support. The huge storm destroyed vital infrastructure and widespread flooding displaced more than 100,000 people from their homes.

Humanity & Inclusion's teams on the ground mobilised to respond to the disaster. Our aim was to ensure that people with disabilities, older and vulnerable people have access to essential support that meets their specific need


Philippines

Super typhoon Mangkhut claimed dozens of lives and affected more than 4 million people in the Philippines. HI teams are on the ground.


Gaza

More than 13,000 people have been injured in Gaza since March 2018 following demonstrations on the border with Israel. HI hasdeployed 10 emergency teams to provide rehabilitation care and psychological support to affected people in Gaza.


Democratic Republic of Congo

The unspeakable brutality of armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has left countless civilians with severe disabling injuries. HI works in North Kivu province, providing support to vulnerable people caught in the region’s conflicts and to victims of explosive remnants of war and armed violence.


South Sudan

South Sudan has been undergoing a political crisis since December 2013 which has resulted in fighting and massive population movements. The number of internally displaced people has reached 1.5 million and some 730,000 South Sudanese have fled to other countries. Humanity & Inclusion is working to ensure people with disabilities ca access aid, rehabilitation and psychosocial support services. We also support other humanitarian organisations to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities in their activities.


Haiti

On 4th October 2016, Haiti was hit by Hurricane Matthew, which killed over 1,000 Haitians, and affected more than 2.1 million people. HI teams responded, ensuring that no one is left behind, and supporting people with disabilities, people with chronic conditions, and older people. Our emergency logistics team works to ensure aid reaches the most remote areas.


Nepal

In April 2015 a massive earthquake struck Nepal near the capital Kathmandu. Already present in Nepal, our teams went to work immediately, providing rehabilitation and bringing wheelchairs, food, and other essentials to the victims.

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Explosive weapons
? G. Dubourthoumieu/HI

Explosive weapons

Explosive weapons including landmines and cluster munitions continue to kill and injure civilians in countries all around the world. 

Rehabilitation
? M. Bacigalupo Vu'/HI

Rehabilitation

Humanity & Inclusion knows from experience that an artificial limb alone doesn’t change the life of an amputee. Our approach to rehabilitation is based on the recognition of individual needs, taking into account a person’s individual situation, their environment and the local services available.

Health and prevention
? Johanna de Tessieres/HI

Health and prevention

Good health is an essential part of a person's wellbeing and independence. Whether improving access to local health services, working to prevent the causes of disability, or providing psychological support to the survivors of violence and war, all HI's actions serve one purpose: to ensure that everyone, including disabled people, has equal access to information, health services and care.

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