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CBM Disseminates RAD Study Findings

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CBM and partners disseminate the findings from RAD study conducted in Andhra Pradesh.
With an aim to understand the prevalence of disability among adults and the barriers that keep them from social participation, CBM, in 2014, joined hands with the Indian Institute of Public Health, Nossal Institute of Global Health - Australia, Agnes Kunze Society, CHGN Uttarakhand Cluster, and the South Asia Centre for Disability Inclusive Development and Research – a centre for excellence of the Public Health Foundation of India - for a Rapid Assessment of Disability (RAD) study.  

The study collected data on the occurrence of disability among persons who are of and above 18 years of age and identified the barriers that keep them from social participation. 

RAD study was initiated with a year-long population based survey using the RAD tool that consists of household and individual questionnaires. Covering 50 rural villages, the survey conducted in Andhra Pradesh covered around 4,000 adults on questions related to demography, well-being, and access to basic services. 

It was found that the incidence of disability was higher among those who were older, poorer and unemployed. As per the study, the participation of persons with disabilities in the society were limited to specific events and days. Lack of opportunities to work from home left many of them unemployed while the lack of income reduced their access to sanitation facilities and health facilities.

During the next two years, CBM and its partners conducted planned interventions such as health clinic and awareness programs led by Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), provision of assistive devices, rehabilitation services, support in accessing government schemes and services, and linking of persons with disabilities with DPOs. The DPOs in turn helped connect persons with disabilities, regardless of their certification, with financial institutions from where they could avail loans to generate livelihood.

The fourth and final year of the study included an end line survey. It was found that, at the end of the project, the overall prevalence of disability in the area was significantly reduced by 1.1%.

The study from Andhra Pradesh was published in the month of June and can be used at policymaking level and to strengthen the designing, implementation and measurement of disability inclusive programs. Read the RAD study report here.
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