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What is the status of rehabilitative services for people with disabilities in developing countries?

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Jenny Poon
24 July 2021
What is the status of rehabilitative services for people with disabilities in developing countries?

What is the status of rehabilitative services for people with disabilities in developing countries?

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Karen Fong
23 July 2021

You’re welcome.

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Jenny Poon
23 July 2021

Thanks to put light on this question.

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Karen Fong
23 July 2021

WHO reports that rehabilitative services in the developing world reach only 1–2% of the disabled population (Frye, 1993). Production is low and often of limited quality. There is a scarcity of personnel trained to manage the provision of such devices and technologies, especially at provincial and district levels. In many settings where access might be possible, costs are prohibitive. The priorities of health care in low-income countries are largely preventive or promotive, and rehabilitation is not given priority. May-Teerink (1999) underlines the lack of knowledge and research on assistive technology and rehabilitation in low-income countries. In her study carried out in Uganda, May-Teerink found that the use of assistive devices were indicative of greater mobility, which led to better opportunities for formal education or employment. She further reported that gender-related issues may limit women’s access to rehabilitative equipment due to limited financial resources of women living in low-income countries.

Frye, B (1993). Review of the World Health Organization’s Report on Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation, New York: Longman Scientific & Technical and Wiley.
May-Teerink, T (1999). A survey of rehabilitative services and people coping with physical disabilities in Uganda, East Africa, Disability and Rehabilitation, 22, 311–316.

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