Perspectives of basic wheelchair users on improving their access to wheelchair services in Kenya and Philippines: a qualitative study

by Emma Williams, Elizabeth Hurwitz, Immaculate Obaga et al.
BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2017 17:22 – Published: 17 August 2017

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https://bmcinthealthhumrights.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12914-017-0130-
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The United Nations has called for countries to improve access to mobility devices when needed. The World Health Organization has published guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less-resourced settings. Yet little is known about the extent to which appropriate wheelchairs are available and provided according to international guidelines. This study’s purpose was to describe wheelchair users’ experiences receiving services and acquiring wheelchair skills in urban and peri-urban areas of Kenya and the Philippines. The authors conclude that interventions are needed to provide wheelchairs services efficiently, at scale, in an environment facilitating physical access and peer support, and reduced social stigma.

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