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Disability and social suffering in Zimbabwe

Jennifer Muderedzi and Benedicte Ingstad

in Disability and poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428851
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428851.003.0010
Disability and social suffering in Zimbabwe

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This chapter presents the findings of a study that took place from August to November 2005 in Binga District, located in North West Zimbabwe, towards the border of Zambia. As one of the poorest districts in the country, it has been struck especially hard by recent economic developments, and poverty is prevalent. The major aim of the study was to gather knowledge on the situation of rural families with disabled pre-school children in Zimbabwe. The study also gathered information on traditional beliefs about the causes of impairment, as well as on attitudes and behaviour towards children with disabilities in the past and present. Almost all the causes of disability were seen to be present among the Tonga. Some of these were malnutrition, poor child health, poor maternal health, ill-conceived policies, and illnesses such as tuberculosis, malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS, among others. The two-way causality between disability and poverty was clear.

Keywords: disabled children; Zimbabwe; Tonga; impairment causes; poverty

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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