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Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities in Uganda

Ivan Mugabi (King Ceasor University), The Impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities in Uganda, SSRN:

The age of the pandemic has seen a global imposition of lockdowns and obligatory social distancing rules by many of African countries. The paper shall draw upon Ugandan circumstances as a case study. The case study shall be used in advancing an explanatory account of how and why total lockdowns and social distancing rules are disproportionally affecting persons with disabilities (PWDs) in as far as their realisation of the right to health is concerned. This paper shall be underpinned by theories which are founded upon the implicit interactions that the pandemic has with broader themes of increasing health inequalities visa vie the right based idea of equal access to social justice and distributive equity. The research shall expound on interactions which are manifestly underlying exceptions of the above lockdown polices that are conceptualising and applying the vulnerability theory upon paradigms which are largely inclusionary of gender related health related issues while exclusionary to disability related issues. The research shall also assert that in the course of discussing and applying social distancing rules, special consideration should be made to the closely detachable state of relation between persons with disabilities and their supportive personnel or carers.

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