Disability, Health and Livelihoods
The Disability, Health and Livelihood research area investigates the impact of disability on Africa’s health and social systems. It provides evidence on the health disparities and vulnerability of people with disabilities as well as the impact of disability created through the burden of disease such as HIV and TB as well as non-communicable diseases, chronic illnesses, traumas, and an increasing elderly population. This research area has more recently included a particular focus on disability among people living long term on ART medication and how this impacts adherence to ART, health, and livelihood.
The research area seeks to better understand the intersection of disability, health and livelihoods with the aim of using the evidence to find solutions towards more equitable and feasible health care and social protection mechanisms that includes people with disabilities. We provide advice to international and national agencies on how to integrate, and cost obligations arising from, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Research area outputs
Educators’ perceptions of learners with intellectual disabilities’ sexual knowledge and behaviour in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Over the past two decades, comprehensive sexuality education has increasingly been recognised as a measure that positively impacts on the sexual behaviour of young people in Africa. Despite this, and a ...>>
‘These are not luxuries, it is essential for access to life’: Disability related out-of-pocket costs as a driver of economic vulnerability in South Africa
With the dawn of the new sustainable development goals, we face not only a world that has seen great successes in alleviating poverty but also a world that has left some groups, such as persons with ...>>
Media release: HEARD embarks on an extensive research project on young key populations in SADC countries
HEARD embarks on an extensive research project on young key populations in SADC countries, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and African Men for Sexual Health and Rights Durban, ...>>
Study: Can a Broad Economic Empowerment and Gender Transformative Intervention Reduce Genderbased Violence and HIVRisk?
In subSaharan Africa urban informal settlements are growing rapidly with an estimated 70% of residents in cities living in these spaces. Residents of informal settlements are very vulnerable to poor health, ...>>