Childhood Disability in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone: An Exploratory Analysis

  • Cliona O’Sullivan
  • Malcolm MacLachlan


Accurate information regarding childhood disability is necessary to plan intervention programmes, provide resources for services, develop and monitor policies at a national level, and to compare disability rates and experiences internationally. Currently, there is a dearth of information on a range of childhood disability issues including the prevalence of disability; severity of disability, causes of disability, impact of disability on development, function and social integration; need for services; access to services and cultural views of disability in developing countries. Without such information, the lives of disabled children in low-income countries are unlikely to improve and the key goal of poverty reduction in low-income countries is unlikely to be achieved.


Cerebral Palsy Body Structure Disable Child Traditional Birth Attendant Disability Policy 
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We acknowledge the Health Research Board, Ireland, and Irish Aid for funding this project.

Acknowledgement We are very grateful to the staff from International Services (Ireland) and other local, national, international and governmental organisations who kindly facilitated the research described in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physiotherapy and Performance ScienceUniversity College DublinBelfieldDublin

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