The project seeks to ensure that landmine survivors, especially children and youth, as well as disabled people and persons excluded because of crippling injuries, benefit from services to which they are legally entitled, thereby supporting their recovery and socio-economic reintegration into Colombian society. CIDA funding targets the rural areas most affected by poverty and the consequences of armed conflict, and where access to services is limited. Support includes: (1) increased access to services for civilian landmine survivors, with a focus on children and youth; and (2) increased capacity of the Colombian stakeholders engaged in victim assistance to respond to the survivors' needs.
According to the latest statistics available, Colombia was the second country after Afghanistan with the most landmines casualties in 2009 (Source: Landmine Monitor 2010, International Campaign to Ban Landmines). In Colombia’s on-going internal armed-conflict, landmines are used regularly by illegal armed groups and leave hundreds of civilians maimed, blind, deaf or dead every year.
Expected results of the project include: Approximately 500 civilian landmine survivors (250 of whom are children and youth) in selected areas receive appropriate health and physical re-adaptation services; 700 people from the public and private sectors received training on the rights to assistance of civilian landmine survivors, including the rights of children and youth.
Results as of March 2014 include: 420 civilian landmine survivors have been identified and have received rehabilitation assistance (including psycho-social support) in specialised care centers; 136 boys, girls and youth landmine survivors have had access to rehabilitative educational and recreational activities; four training modules have been designed in health, participation, compensation and economic inclusion of landmine survivors to help key stakeholders implement Colombia's legal framework for victim assistance.
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