Access Barriers to Health Care among People with Disabilities in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana

  • Eric Badu Regional Research Advisor for Sightsavers West Africa Programmes
  • Peter Agyei-Baffour Center for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Department of Community Health/School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Maxwell Peprah Opoku Center for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Department of Community Health/School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Keywords: Access, People with disabilities, Health care, Urban

Abstract

Health care is a human right yet access barriers to health care remain one of the major challenges among people with disabilities. One of the several reasons accounting for this is that there is little evidence on access barriers to healthcare among people with disabilities. This partly explains the gaps in policy design and implementation of appropriate interventions for people with disabilities. This study aimed at contributing to filling the evidence gaps on access barriers to healthcare among people with disabilities in the Kumasi Metropolis in Ghana. The study found different access barriers among different disability types and socio-demographic groups. Redesigning and resourcing health facilities to be more people with disabilities’ friendly could improve mitigate these barriers.

Author Biographies

Eric Badu, Regional Research Advisor for Sightsavers West Africa Programmes

Eric Badu is a Ghanaian, with interest in Disability and Health research, Health Systems Research, Evaluation, Social inclusion, Inclusive Education, Human rights issues and Quantitative and Qualitative data analysis. He has experience in diverse fields including teaching and consulting in disability and health research, field mentoring and supervision’ in research projects as well as other academic works. He holds MSc Disability, Rehabilitation and Development.  From 2013 to 2014, he worked as Graduate Research Assistant, Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Currently, he works as Regional Research Advisor for Sightsavers West Africa Programmes.

Peter Agyei-Baffour, Center for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Department of Community Health/School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Peter Agyei-Baffour is a Ghanaian, a Public Health Expert and Capacity Building Specialist with 13years’experiencein  diverse  fields  including  teaching  and  consulting  in  health  policy, health  systems  research, and  community  development  practice.  He holds Postdoctoral in Global Health, PhD in Community Health, postgrad Diploma in Research Methods, MA in Industrial management and BA in Economics and Geography. He  teaches  health  systems  research,  health  sector  financing  and  management,  human resource  management,  project  management,  policy  process  and  principles  of management  at  the postgraduate level. He coordinates the MSC/MPH Health Service Planning and Management Course.

Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Center for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Department of Community Health/School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Maxwell Peprah Opoku is a Ghanaian. He has a degree in Political Science and a second degree in Disability, Rehabilitation and Development from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology He worked as Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Centre of Disability Studies, Department of Community Health while pursuing his Masters degree. His areas of specialty are disability, special education, community based rehabilitation, inclusive education, health research, management of natural resources, human rights, social policies and public policy.

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