HI India programme has been working on the following broad areas:
Prevention and Rehabilitation to mainstream disability in public health system; on primary prevention, early identification and intervention of disabilities, assistive technologies, etc.
For now, HI is part of IFRA (INDIAN FORUM ON REHABILITATION FOR ALL), an informal network and HI is part of it. This network is mainly to influence Government of India to improve the quality of rehabilitation services in the country and to increase its coverage and to advocate the need for proposing a resolution on rehabilitation to World Health Organization.
Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness to ensure that people with disabilities and other vulnerable persons are systematically taken into account. HI started its work in India in the Disaster Risk Management sector in 2001 with the Gujarat earthquake response. Subsequently, HI has implemented response and recovery projects such as the Tsunami response in 2004 and Flood response in Bihar and cyclone Aila between 2007 and 2009. HI implemented its first standalone Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) intervention from 2009 to 2012 in Odisha and West Bengal. HI established itself as a DRR actor with technical expertise on disability inclusive processes and tools. In the states of intervention, HI developed good links with state governments, local and international NGOs working on Disaster Risk Management and with Organizations of Persons with Disabilities.
HI remains a key member of Sphere India and as such regular participates in coordination meetings and joint activities.
Social and Economic Inclusion to promote equal opportunity and participation of people with disabilities, particularly in employment. Currently, HI is working on opening up private sector employment opportunities for people with disabilities (Technical Assistance to MICHELIN). HI is supporting IDEA and SAKSHAM, for a Divyangjan Aspiration Study. The study is aiming at identifying the aspirations of a representative cross-section of persons with disabilities aged 15–40 years in terms of their career choices, expected remuneration, and preferred job location.