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    Perceived barriers to accessing health services among people with disabilities in rural northern Namibia

    Van Rooy, Gert and Amadhila, Elina M. and Mufune, Pempelani and Swartz, Leslie and Mannan, Hasheem and MacLachlan, Malcolm (2012) Perceived barriers to accessing health services among people with disabilities in rural northern Namibia. Disability & Society, 27 (6). pp. 761-775. ISSN 0968-7599

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    People living with disabilities (PWD) face unique problems in dealing with conventional healthcare facilities. We investigate the experiences of PWD as they access healthcare facilities in rural Namibia. More specifically, we investigate structural–environmental and process barriers to accessing health facilities. The study relied on semi-structured interviews and purposive sampling. The results showed PWD find it difficult to walk to health centers for treatment due to lack of transport, money to pay for treatment and toilet facilities and the distance is too far for people with lower-limb disabilities. There is a need to consider the unique issues affecting access to healthcare for people living with disabilities to achieve equitable access to healthcare services.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: disability; barriers; Namibia;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 16493
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    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2022 15:08
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability & Society
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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