Experiences of identifying pre-school children with disabilities in resource limited settings – an account from Malawi, Pakistan and Uganda

Lynch, P. et al. (2023) Experiences of identifying pre-school children with disabilities in resource limited settings – an account from Malawi, Pakistan and Uganda. Disability and Society, (doi: 10.1080/09687599.2023.2181769) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Although access to effective medical care for acutely sick children has improved globally, the number of children surviving but who may not be thriving due to disability, is increasing. This study aimed to understand the views of health professionals, educators and caregivers of pre-school children with disabilities in Malawi, Pakistan and Uganda regarding early identification, referral and support. Using applied thematic analysis, we identified themes relating to; limited ‘demand’ by caregivers for services; different local beliefs and community perceptions regarding the causes of childhood disability. Themes relating to ‘supply’ of services included inability to respond to community needs, and inadequate training among professionals for identification and referral. Stepwise, approaches provided to the families, community health worker and higher-level services could include training for community and primary care health workers on basic identification techniques and enhanced awareness for families and communities on the importance of early identification of children with disabilities.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was funded by the GCRF MRC Global Challenges SEED grant MC-PC_R019897_1.
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lynch, Dr Paul
Authors: Lynch, P., Nabwera, H. M., Babikako, H. M., Rasheed, M., Donald, K. A., Mbaleh, E. W., Stockdale, E., Chande, P., Van den Heuvel, M., Kakooza Mwesigej, A., and Gladstone, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
Journal Name:Disability and Society
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0968-7599
ISSN (Online):1360-0508
Published Online:21 February 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Disability and Society 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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