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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A literature review

Country: Global South

Classification: General

Year of Publication: 2021


Study Type:
Qualitative Study

Sample Size:
N/A

The Research party:
University of Birmingham, as part of the GCRF Network+ “Disability Under Siege” project

Main Idea or Research Questions:
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Method:
Literature review

Main result:
This literature review examines the severe impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on disabled people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), focussing on the sectors of Health, Education, Economy, and Community, as well considering the management of the pandemic generally. It highlights the significant discrimination disabled people have faced across all sectors of society: being deprioritised in healthcare, further excluded from education, facing significant poverty due to unemployment and a lack of social protection, and experiencing significant abuse and violence both in the community and in institutions. For many, these exclusions have been just as life-threatening as the pandemic. The report concludes that there is significant evidence that disabled people have been excluded and deprioritised from international and national government planning.

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