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Level of Inclusiveness of People with Disabilities in Ghanaian Health Policies and Reports: A Scoping Review

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College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia
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Department of Population and Health, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast TF 0494, Ghana
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College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia
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World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia
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Disabilities 2021, 1(3), 257-277; https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities1030019
Received: 26 July 2021 / Revised: 21 August 2021 / Accepted: 24 August 2021 / Published: 29 August 2021
(1) Background: Globally, persons with disabilities (PWDs) face numerous challenges including access to healthcare. This scoping review sought to assess the level of inclusiveness in Ghanaian health policies and reports for PWDs; (2) Methods: An extensive search and scoping review of health policies/reports in Ghanaian government websites and Google was conducted. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines for scoping reviews were followed in selecting and reporting the policies/reports. The program evaluation and policy design framework was employed for content analysis; (3) Results: Fifteen policies and reports with political recognition, objectives, and specific resources needed to execute stipulated plans were included. Although these policies and reports had collaborative partnerships with various institutions and organisations in development and implementation plans, the level of inclusiveness of disability issues was very low. Only eight out of the fifteen policies/reports (53%) reviewed considered PWDs, indicating a low level of inclusion. The definition of disability was also limited.; (4) Conclusions: To achieve the sustainable development goal of ‘leaving no one behind’ in line with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities and the Disability Act 715 of Ghana, it is recommended that subsequent health policies should have an in-depth engagement with PWDs from the conceptual design stage right through to implementation and evaluation. View Full-Text
Keywords: disability; Ghana; policies; scoping review disability; Ghana; policies; scoping review
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Seidu, A.-A.; Malau-Aduli, B.S.; McBain-Rigg, K.; Malau-Aduli, A.E.O.; Emeto, T.I. Level of Inclusiveness of People with Disabilities in Ghanaian Health Policies and Reports: A Scoping Review. Disabilities 2021, 1, 257-277. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities1030019

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Seidu A-A, Malau-Aduli BS, McBain-Rigg K, Malau-Aduli AEO, Emeto TI. Level of Inclusiveness of People with Disabilities in Ghanaian Health Policies and Reports: A Scoping Review. Disabilities. 2021; 1(3):257-277. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities1030019

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Seidu, Abdul-Aziz, Bunmi S. Malau-Aduli, Kristin McBain-Rigg, Aduli E.O. Malau-Aduli, and Theophilus I. Emeto. 2021. "Level of Inclusiveness of People with Disabilities in Ghanaian Health Policies and Reports: A Scoping Review" Disabilities 1, no. 3: 257-277. https://doi.org/10.3390/disabilities1030019

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