Assistive Technology in urban low-income communities in Sierra Leone & Indonesia

Global Disability Innovation Hub, Dr Mark Carew, Development Planning Unit (DPU), Julian Walker, Dr Ignacia Ossul Vermehren
Jan. 21, 2022
Sierra Leone, Indonesia

Executive Summary

It is estimated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that 15% of the world's population has a disability and one billion people need one or more Assistive Products (AP) but as little as one in ten have access to the device they need. There is however very little data to define this need for AP in low-resource settings. 

To contribute to the knowledge gap, the findings from the surveys presented in this report give a unique insight into disability prevalence and access to AT in five urban low-income communities in Sierra Leone and Indonesia, where a total of 4,256 individuals were surveyed using the rATA tool.

The rATA tool is designed for the rapid evaluation of the need, use, supply and impact of AT, Rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA) is a new survey from WHO. A version modified by the Development Planning Unit-University College London (DPUUCL) was conducted in September 2019 for the research project “AT2030 community led solutions”, as part of the AT2030 programme led by
Global Disability Innovation Hub.

To cite this publication please use the following reference:

Ossul-Vermehren, I., Carew, M.T. and Walker, J. (2022). Assistive Technology in urban low-income communities in Sierra Leone and Indonesia: Rapid Assistive Technology Assessment (rATA) survey results. Bartlett Development Planning Unit - Global Disability Innovation Hub, London.