FOCUS ON – Rehabilitation & inclusive development: stats & case studies on SDG11

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In July 2019, HI & the Global Rehabilitation Alliance (GRA) launched the report “Rehabilitation for the realisation of human rights and inclusive development”. In this article, you will find the testimonies and case studies collected on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Download the report “Rehabilitation for the realisation of human rights and inclusive development” in English and in French.

The report situates disability and rehabilitation within global discourse and policy. Building on data, case-studies and testimonies, the report provides recommendations on the implementation of effective rehabilitation-focused policies and practices, contributing to progress towards SDGs and the realisation of human rights.

Download the full collection of case studies and testimonies here


Stats – HI Nepal

During the earthquake in Nepal, more than 8,000 people lost their lives and over 22,000 others were injured. Here’s Handicap International’s involvement in figures:

  • 16,000 rehabilitation and psychosocial support sessions for more than 6,000 people. HI has distributed more than 4,700 walkers, wheelchairs and crutches to people affected by the disaster.
  • 4,300 first aid kits and equipment to build roofs for more than 2,200 families.
  • 9,000 people received warm clothing, blankets, protective roofs, ropes and mattresses during the winter of 2015.
  •  5,400 tons of humanitarian material was stored by HI and then transported to remote communities (more than 350 truck routes for 37 organizations).
  • 160 households received goats, enabling them to find a new source of income.
  • Another 294 households received financial support enabling them to find new jobs.

HI also made it possible for the most vulnerable to access humanitarian services (education, health care, etc.) from other organizations. Part of the work revolved around raising awareness among humanitarian workers about the importance of taking account of the most vulnerable.


Stats – HI Nepal Rehabilitation

Today, HI supports five rehabilitation centres and hospitals enabling thousands of Nepalese to benefit from physiotherapy care and to be paired. The organisation offers financial support to victims of the earthquake helping them to find new livelihoods (raising goats, small shops, etc.) or new jobs, especially for people with disabilities.

HI is also strengthening access to schools for disabled children. The association develops tools and teaching materials adapted to children with disabilities, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. In addition, HI is working with communities and local authorities to create contingency plans that take people with disabilities into account to improve emergency alert and evacuation systems.

Finally, HI improves the protection, rights and living conditions of prisoners. The association prevents ill-treatment (including torture) and prevents long-term after-effects of imprisonment.


Case Study – MoveAbility Vietnam

MoveAbility has supported sporting initiatives and events for many years in Viet Nam. Thai aim is to raise awareness among communities and persons without disabilities and encourage persons with disabilities to have a better image of themselves.

MoveAbility together with the national DPO and Da Nang Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Hospital, organised a running competition for persons with disabilities from the centre of Viet Nam to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

60 competitors in 11 delegations representing 5 provinces participated in this day of competition, despite the very difficult weather conditions. Although the rain made the race difficult, it did not affect the moral of runners and participants, for whom the event was an opportunity to get together, have a good time and raise awareness on disability.



Case Study – Diakonia Palestine

Diakonia and the Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD) are supporting “The Disability Rights Program (DRP)” implemented by a network of DPOs, Civil Society organizations, local municipalities, and some government ministries in Palestine. The program was first initiated in the early 90s and today covers 329 local communities in the West Bank and Gaza, reaching 53,000 persons with disabilities from all ages through funds from SIDA, NORAD and the EU.

DRP has been implemented in a context of occupation and political instability in Palestine which influenced the development process. Persons with disabilities are among the most marginalised and disadvantaged social groups in economic, social, cultural and political terms. They live in poverty and lack education opportunities, employment potentials, social protection and social security and often denied the chance to participate in their communities. Women with disabilities in Palestine are particularly vulnerable due to discriminatory practices. DRP adopts the WHO CBR guidelines including a focus on; health, education, livelihood, social, and empowerment rights. CBR addresses all the SDGs and has become sustainable since the local municipalities took over the financial responsibilities, adding to the community ownership.

The program works at the community level through home visits, raising awareness, changing attitudes, mobilization of local resources, and inclusion in public schools. At the district level, it focuses on services to make them more accessible, open, affordable, and on shifting from sheltered services to short-term specialised services. At the national level, it works on policies, changing laws and specifically on inclusive education and national guidelines for teachers in place. Over the years, DRP also worked on mainstreaming disability to non-disability focused development actors and has strengthened a movement for Youth with disabilities in the West Bank.

©Al Salam (Peace) Sports Club for persons with disabilities-Gaza

©Al Salam (Peace) Sports Club for persons with disabilities-Gaza