Lives of persons with disabilities in Cameroon after CRPD: Voices of persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality in Cameroon

Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Wisdom Kwadwo Mprah, Judith Mckenzie, Bernard Nsaidzedze Sakah, Eric Badu

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Abstract

Introduction: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been touted as a major breakthrough towards achieving equal rights for persons with disabilities. The promulgation of the convention provided clear guidelines for signatory countries to revise their legislation as well as to formulate policies that will take into consideration the needs of persons with disabilities. As Cameroon is a signatory to the convention, it is expected that disability-friendly policies have been implemented to enhance the living conditions of persons with disabilities. This study examined, from the perspectives of participants, the life experiences of persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality 7 years after Cameroon signed the CRPD. Methods: The study adopted a qualitative method, involving focus-group discussions with 36 participants from three disability groups: hearing impaired, visually impaired, and physically impaired. Findings: The study found that persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality faced many challenges in their daily endeavors. These challenges are a result of a lack of inclusive policies, leading to their exclusion from social and economic activities such as education, employment, and healthcare. Conclusion: Although the study is limited in scope, the findings suggest that persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality were yet to benefit from the CRPD. It is, therefore, suggested that the government of Cameroon should formulate inclusive policies to address the numerous challenges facing persons with disabilities in the Buea Municipality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • accessibility
  • Cameroon
  • discrimination
  • persons with disabilities
  • poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing

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