oa African Journal of Disability - Uganda's disability journey : progress and challenges : community paper

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2223-9170
  • E-ISSN: 2226-7220



The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) defines disability as a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person's body and features of the society in which he or she lives (World Health Organization [WHO] 2002:2). Based on the ICF definition of disability, over a billion people worldwide and 19% of the Ugandan population are estimated to have some form of disability (Uganda Bureau of Statistics and ICF International 2012:27; World Health Organization & World Bank 2011:ix). The prevalence of disability is predicated to increase in the future due to ageing populations and an increase in chronic health conditions hence the need to urgently deal with global disability (World Health Organization & World Bank 2011:ix).

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