Healing Hands for Haiti International Foundation Inc. A Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Institution

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Our vision is to deliver quality, sustainable physical medicine and rehabilitation education, training, and care for the people of Haiti.

In Haiti, it is estimated* that 800,000 people live with disabilities.

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Haiti is home to a beautiful landscape, people, and culture. We are honored to serve Haitians as our mission. If you plan to visit, use the helpful links below. 

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Facts About Disability

The World Health Organization (WHO) constitution states:

“The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.”

There are 600 million people in the world living with a disability. 80%, most of whom are children, live in the developing world. In a country where a family may live on one dollar a day, people rely on their physical abilities to survive. A disability can literally mean death if one cannot grow crops, raise animals, or carry water. Persons with disability are typically among the very poorest. They experience poverty more intensely and have fewer opportunities to escape poverty than non-disabled people.

Factors contributing to poverty are intricately linked to disability. Persons with disabilities typically lack access to health and education, clean water, and sanitation, have poor housing, and may live in overcrowded, unsanitary, and unsafe areas.

The World Health Organization estimates that only 2% of people with disabilities in developing countries have access to rehabilitation and appropriate basic services. What services are available currently do not meet the needs. As a result, over 20 million people in the world need a wheelchair and do not have one. It has been reported that 98% of children with a disability in the developing world do not get to go to school, and the death rates for a child with a disability reach as high as 80%.