Disability-inclusive UHC is needed for health for all

12 November, 2019

Extracts below. Read online here: https://www.uhc2030.org/news-events/partner-insights/disability-inclusiv...

Humanity & Inclusion (HI, also known as Handicap International) officially joined UHC2030 in May 2019. This Partner Insight is from Humanity and Inclusion's perspective.

'Persons with disabilities experience higher health needs and barriers to access information and services

Persons with disabilities often have more healthcare needs than persons without disabilities. While the general health needs of persons with disabilities are the same as everyone else and can often be met by primary healthcare services, they may also have additional specific health needs related to specific impairments or comorbidity. These include access to rehabilitation and assistive devices (such as wheelchairs, prosthesis, visual supports).

Despite the higher needs, persons with disabilities often encounter barriers to accessing health services, including physical, communication, attitudinal and financial barriers. Persons with disabilities are two times more likely to find health care providers’ skills and facilities inadequate, three times more likely to be denied health care, and four times more likely to be treated badly in health care facilities...'

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Comment (Neil PW): Persons with disabilities are disadvantaged not only by their disability and by stigma/social exclusion, but also by their relative inability to access healthcare information and the relative lack of competence of health professionals to manage disability effectively. Can anyone share observations, experience, research that might help us better understand and address these issues?

Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org