HI was present in Cape Verde bewteen 2006 2019. The country was part of a regional project to improve access to HIV prevention, care and support services for people with disabilities.
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HI had been present in Cape Verde since 2006. Since the beginning of its intervention, 4 projects in the fields of physical rehabilitation and capacity building of organizations of persons with disabilities had been implemented in the country. HI has finished its projects in Cape Verde since 2019, but the organisation's teams remain on standby to determine possible opportunities for intervention.
HI has been developing projects in the field of health and prevention, including the inclusion of disabled and vulnerable people in the fight against HIV. As part of a three-year regional HIV-Handicap project, HI has improved access to data on the vulnerability of people with disabilities to HIV infection. The objective was to increase the technical and organizational capacity of civil society organizations to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the national level.
Although development indicators have risen sharply in the country over the past 10 years, structural poverty is still present.
Disparities between the islands of the archipelago are one of the greatest challenges facing Cape Verde. Poverty is linked to the fragility of the country, which has extremely limited natural resources.
In recent years, Cape Verde has made progress on the issue of disability. The country has signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified on 10 October 2011. Article 72 of the Constitution sets out a number of rights for persons with disabilities.