Living conditions among People With disabilities in Nepal

22 Dec 2016
This study on living conditions among persons with disability in Nepal was carried out in 2014 - 2015. It follows similar studies in seven countries in the southern Africa Region and is thus part of a large database that can be utilized for international comparison.

In Nepal, the study was carried out in a partnership between the  National Federation of Disabled in Nepal (NFDN), the Norwegian Federation of Organizations for Disabled People (FFO) and SINTEF. Other key partners in the study have been Valley Research
Group, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MOWCSW), National Planning Commission, Central Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Education, Department of Education and Ministry of Health.

The study has demonstrated that households with at least one person with disability as member score lower on most indicators on level of living than control HHs. This is the case for the indicator comprising possessions in the household (possession or asset scale), dietary diversity, access to information as well as dependency ratio. It adds to this difference that case HHs have a higher mean number of members and thus more mouths to feed. With regards to infrastructure (housing facilities, type of houses, access to water, toilet facilities) and ownership of houses, a tendency was found for control households to be somewhat better off, but these differences are largely marginal within geographic locations. There are, on the other hand, substantial differences between locations, With poorer standard in rural areas as compared to urban areas.

 

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