Rehabilitation for Persons with Disabilities

People with disabilities in developing countries are often caught in a cycle of poverty and discrimination. They are at particular risk of being excluded from necessary assistance in crises and humanitarian disasters. In order to avoid the marginalisation of persons with disabilities and their families, Johanniter pays particular attention including them in any project. Our staff is made aware of and trained on the issue of disabilities. Needs and skills of persons with disabilities are surveyed in target communities within the scope of disaster prevention and included in training and evacuation plans.

Johanniter's inclusive approach is supplemented by specific projects for persons with physical disability, improving the mobility of them by equipping prosthetics. Orthotics workshops and rehabilitation centres get support with machines and high-quality materials. In community-based rehabilitation projects, Johanniter creates access for persons with disabilities, to rehabilitation and primary health care, including in isolated and less developed areas. Moreover, they are given support in speaking for themselves and equality of participation in life.

Inclusion in Practice

The implementation of an inclusive approach is for Johanniter International Assistance a dynamic process that is subject to constant learning and change. Key elements of the inclusion of vulnerable groups in our organisation, our projects and our work with local partners are as follows:

  • POLICY: Johanniters’s policy supports the special consideration of vulnerable persons to ensure an inclusive approach.
  • DATA: Collecting information and data for the different vulnerable groups helps us to identify their needs and address them in the planning of our services.
  • PARTICIPATION: Participation of the different vulnerable groups in our planning and implementation processes ensures that their needs are considered.
  • COOPERATION: Coordination and cooperation with humanitarian actors on site ensures that vulnerable persons have access to comprehensive services.
  • NON-DISCRIMINATION: Reducing or preventing access barriers in the planning and implementation of our services and aid promotes the inclusion of different groups.
  • CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: Development of competence on inclusion through advisory activities and participation in relevant coordination mechanisms.