Author Mugambi Paul
For today I allow me to go straight to the point since Poverty you want to befriend everyone.
For many persons with disabilities from the global south for instance in Kenya the cycle of poverty is an on-going one. Coupled with the Covid pandemic exclusion and marginalization are increasing at an alarming rate. Unfortunately most state and non state actors take advantage of this circumstance.
This is because most persons with disabilities face discrimination in their community. As disability sausage media we opine that Most persons with disabilities are unaware of their rights and hence unable to stand up for these. Many are poor, with no means of livelihood. They often cannot afford basic services. The result is that people do not access any basic sevices and care when they could greatly benefit from these social services.
In other words, few opportunities for good housing, poor nutrition and a lack of access to basic health and education services moreover, persons with disabilities have less opportunity to find decent work and any means to lift themselves and their families out of the poverty trap. Check boxing is becoming the reality of the day.
As body of research and affirmation by disability sausage media we note that for persons with disabilities and their families this cycle of poverty is even harder to break as disability is both a cause, as well as a consequence of poverty. As Whiteford in his article “2017Disability contributes to and deepens poverty on an individual, family and community level. “As a public policy scholar, I neo there are many policies and regulations which have been developed but we still face the implementation challenge.
When shall we cure with beast of policy implementation?
On the other hand, taking a glimpse on the diffent social media platforms’ it is quite evident that poverty is increasing at a frightening speed. A person with disability and their family are less likely to have access to rehabilitation, education, skills training and employment opportunities.
When a person in the home acquires a disability there are often additional costs that can push the family into extreme poverty [Ilo 21015 HI 2016 IDA 20018]. In most global south there is little or no health and social service provision for persons with disabilities and families are forced to sell their assets to support loved ones.
For example, In Kenya, there is no universal health coverage thus increasing the vulnerabilities rates. Another example is the coverage of the cash transfer which has reached only thirty-three thousand individuals with severe disabilities thus living most majority of persons with disabilities.
At the same time poverty can be a cause of disability: be this through lack of access to adequate nutrition, preventative and curative health care; information, clean water and sanitation or safe housing and employment conditions. To put matters differently, the existence of inequalities and systemic structural challenges have continuously intertwined with disability.
How can this change?
Breaking this cycle of poverty and disability is critical to bring about change in the lives of persons with disabilities and their families and communities.
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“Excellence of making inclusion happen”