Search Results: Kenya

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    Catalysing AT access: Scaling rehabilitative services and increasing access to AT in Kenya

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Jan. 13, 2021
    Kenya

    It is estimated that about 100,000 people need a wheelchair in Kenya annually. Across the 47 counties in Kenya, anecdotal evidence showed that health centres and access points for rehabilitative services are not evenly distributed, appropriately staffed, and sufficiently equipped. The situational analysis showed that Kenya’s access challenges are driven by a policy gap, limited service points with few trained personnel, fragmented delivery landscape, no national specifications, standards or supply chain and limited financing of rehabilitative services and wheelchairs.

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    The Social Network: How People with Visual Impairment use Mobile Phones in Kibera, Kenya

    Catherine Holloway, Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Katherine Arnold, Grace Magomere, Wycliffe Ambeyi Wetende, Gabriel Ngare, Joyce Olenja
    May 4, 2020
    Kenya

    This paper on how social interactions mediate the use of mobile phones by visually impaired people in Kibera, Kenya was accepted to the CHI2020 Conference, a global event on Human-Computer Interaction.

  • “When They See a Wheelchair, They’ve Not Even Seen Me”—Factors Shaping the Experience of Disability Stigma and Discrimination in Kenya

    Giulia Barbareschi, Mark T. Carew, Elizabeth Aderonke Johnson, Norah Kopi, Catherine Holloway
    Aug. 3, 2021
    Kenya

    This paper addresses the gap in research on the factors that shape the experience of disability stigma including social interactions and AT use in Kenya. Via a series of focus groups with Kenyans without disabilities (Study 1) and secondary data analysis of consultations with Kenyans with disabilities and their allies (Study 2), we identify shared and divergent understandings of what shapes disability stigma and discrimination and highlight assistive technology as an influential factor that served to identify or “mark” someone as having a disability.

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    Exploring the experience of persons with disabilities of using mobile technology in their daily lives in Kenya and Bangladesh

    Nusrat Jahan
    Nov. 6, 2020
    Kenya, Bangladesh

    Although, mobile phones are universally used for communication, for persons with disabilities they become essential assistive technologies that bridge barriers to opportunities which are not accessible otherwise.

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    Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study Nairobi, Kenya

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, Kounkuey Design Initiative
    Nov. 3, 2022
    Kenya

    Nairobi is experiencing rapid growth and investment in infrastructure which offers great potential to embed inclusion. The city has complex urban development challenges with roads and transportation commonly cited as major challenges. This case study explore the current state of the infrastructure provision - and makes recommendations for opportunities to imbed accessibility and inclusion.

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    Uncovering unexpected impacts: the case of digital manufacturing of wheelchairs in Kenya

    Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Sibylle Daymond, Jake Honeywill, Dominic Noble, Nancy Mbugua, Ian Harris, Catherine Holloway, University College London Interaction Centre (UCLIC), Global Disability Innovation Hub, Motivation, Motivation Africa
    Sept. 1, 2020
    Kenya

    To address issues around the provision of appropriate wheelchairs in low-and-middle income countries Motivation developed a new method for producing customized wheelchairs leveraging technologies such as Computer Aided Design and 3D printing. This article was part of the RESNA 2020 Virtual Conference, GAATO/RESNA Assistive Technology Outcomes/Impact Summit.

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    International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Kenya

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Dec. 13, 2021
    Kenya

    The President also launched the new Digital Registration System developed by the National Council for Persons With Disabilities this year, aimed at addressing data gaps and curbing cases of fraud. The system will also offer a new generation disability identification card with security features to prevent potential fraud and ensure the right people get registered.

  • Value beyond function: analyzing the perception of wheelchair innovations in Kenya

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Giulia Barbareschi, Sibylle Daymond, Jake Honeywill, Dominic Noble, Nancy Mbugua, Ian Harris, Aneesha Singh
    Oct. 31, 2020
    Kenya

    Innovations in the field of assistive technology are usually evaluated based on practical considerations related to their ability to perform certain functions. The study involved eight expert wheelchair users and five healthcare professionals who routinely provide wheelchair services in their community.

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    Video: How does mobile empower me? Joseph’s story

    GSMA
    Dec. 20, 2019
    Kenya

    Joseph Matheka Nzioka is deaf and works in construction, plumbing, roofing and welding. He lives in Ngoloni, Kenya. Mobile helps Joseph do his work and be financially included.

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    Inclusive Infrastructure Case Study is launched in Nairobi, a city experiencing rapid growth and investment in infrastructure

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, Kounkuey Design Initiative
    Nov. 14, 2022
    Kenya

    Nairobi is a city of innovation - business opportunities and the start-up ecosystem is vibrant. Kenya has a strong legal framework to create inclusive cities and further disability inclusion. There is clear appetite from Government to take action represented through these legal frameworks, but there remains lots to be done.

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    Innovate Now: 19 companies focused on Assistive Technologies have been selected for the Round 1 shortlist

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, AMREF Health Africa
    Sept. 30, 2019
    Kenya

    Innovate Now has completed the 1st round of selection. We received 30 applications from 7 countries around the world. A majority of our applicants were from Kenya, with a total of 22 followed by the US with a total of 3 and one each from UK, Bulgaria, Nigeria Ghana and Tanzania.

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    Understanding the mobile disability gap

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, GSMA
    Dec. 14, 2020
    Kenya, Bangladesh

    There has been limited research to understand access to mobile phones by persons with disabilities and the impact of mobile technology in their lives. This research aims to bridge the knowledge gap and to understand the potential of mobile phones as assistive technologies (ATs) for persons with disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh. It presents an evaluation of the gap and barriers to mobile phone ownership experienced by persons with disabilities, as well as the usage patterns of four main mobile-enabled services (voice, SMS, mobile internet and mobile money) and the role of mobile phones to enable access to basic services, such as education, healthcare, transportation, employment and financial services.

  • Inclusion and Independence: The impact of Mobile Technology on the Lives of Persons with Disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh

    Catherine Holloway, Vicki Austin, Giulia Barbareschi, Clara Aranda, Nusrat Jahan, Naemur Rahman, Charles Musungu Mutuku
    Nov. 1, 2020

    This paper presents the findings of a participatory photovoice study looking at the role that mobile phones play in the daily lives of 16 persons with disabilities in Kenya and Bangladesh.

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    Innovate Now Accelerator Programme Seeks Mobile Solutions to Assist Persons with Disabilities

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, AMREF Health Africa, Bernard Chiira
    June 13, 2020
    Kenya

    Innovate Now, Africa’s first Assistive Technology Accelerator is seeking applications from innovators across the African continent who are dedicated to developing mobile-based technologies designed to assist people living with disabilities.

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    Innovate Now, Africa’s first Assistive Technology Accelerator announces KES2M Prize for First Winner

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, AMREF Health Africa, Bernard Chiira
    June 15, 2020
    Kenya

    Innovate Now has selected its first winner as part of the Global Disability Innovation Hub’s Assistive Technology AT2030 Programme

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    Innovation Spotlight: Completing the communication cycle – how a mentoring experience began a journey into machine learning and avatars to create a new sign language interpretation tool.

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Harrison Kamau
    Sept. 23, 2022
    Kenya

    From the onset, Veezaviz set out to bridge communication barriers. Savatia and his team created a new generation of technology that enables two-way communication among deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people. They make this possible by using machine learning-based sign language interpretation and automated avatar sign language generation.

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    Innovation Spotlight: Building a walking companion for the visually impaired.

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Harrison Kamau
    Oct. 13, 2022
    Kenya

    Hope Tech Plus Limited is dedicated to developing innovative technologies and building tools and programs for empowerment that support inclusion in all sectors of society. They accomplish this by utilizing modern technology to produce tools that improve interaction with the physical environment and promote personal development. "The Fourth Eye" was the first product, a device that employs echolocation technology to image obstructions and warns the user via haptic feedback.

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    Video: How does mobile empower me? Angie's story

    GSMA
    Dec. 3, 2019
    Kenya

    Angie has albinism and has low-vision. She is a student, an actress and a model. 'Mobile technology has helped me to learn more about albinism and access information. Also to use financial services'.

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    Video: How does mobile empower me? John’s story

    GSMA
    Dec. 11, 2019
    Kenya

    John was born blind, he is a student at Kenyatta University and lives in Nairobi. He uses his mobile device to study and live an independent life.

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    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Clinton Health Access Initiative
    Dec. 8, 2021
    Kenya

    President Uhuru Kenyatta was the Chief Guest in 3rd December's International Day of Persons with Disabilities held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi. In the history of the commemorations, this is the first time a Head of State has graced the event.

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    HearX publication: Hearing care by community health workers using digital technologies

    hearX, Caitlin Frisby, Tersia de Kock, De Wet Swanepoel
    Feb. 4, 2022
    Kenya

    A brilliant new report by hearX published in ENT UK Global Health showcasing innovative digital technologies and service solutions to meet the unmet need of hearing loss.

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    Innovation Spotlight: From recovery to innovation; the journey to create a revolutionary, low cost, all-terrain wheelchair, that can be manufactured with basic tools, using locally available materials and components.

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Harrison Kamau
    Oct. 5, 2022
    Kenya

    The Safari seat, a revolutionary, low-cost, all-terrain wheelchair, was born—an easy-to-repair, customizable solution, that can be manufactured with basic tools, using locally available materials and components.

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    Unveiling the First Cohort of Assistive Technology Entrepreneurs of the Innovate Now Accelerator

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, AMREF Health Africa, Bernard Chiira
    Dec. 3, 2019
    Kenya

    As the world celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Global Disability Innovation Hub and Amref Enterprises Limited have today unveiled the five local entrepreneurs selected as finalists to the First Cohort of the Innovate Now Accelerator Program.

  • Bridging the Divide: Exploring the use of digital and physical technology to aid mobility impaired people living in an informal settlement

    Giulia Barbareschi, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Long Xin, Grace Nyachomba Magomere, Wycliffe Ambeyi Wetende, Carol Wanjira, Joyce Olenja, Vicki Austin, Catherine Holloway
    Oct. 5, 2020
    Kenya

    Living in informality is challenging. It is even harder when you have a mobility impairment. Traditional assistive products such as wheelchairs are essential to enable people to travel. Wheelchairs are considered a Human Right.

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    Final Narrative Report

    Shujaaz Inc
    June 23, 2021
    Kenya

    Launched in 2019, this program heralded the purposeful inclusion of persons with disability in Shujaaz Inc’s media campaigns. We carried out a GroundTruth study to develop a profound understanding of the issue in general as well as of how it is “experienced” (understood, perceived and acted on) by our target audience. This study informed us that there is a high level of knowledge amongst young people on disability, that young people’s attitudes towards persons with disabilities depend on their visibility in their community and that frequent and positive engagements with PWDs goes a long way in improving attitudes. With these insights, we successfully rolled out a targeted media campaign in 2020 and we intend to continue incorporating a disability lens into our communications going forward.

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    Fan Snapshot

    Shujaaz Inc
    June 23, 2021
    Kenya

    Fans responses to stories on Shujaaz's social media platforms featuring people with disabilities

  • GroundTruth Report

    Shujaaz Inc
    June 23, 2021
    Kenya

    Many factors can help improve the life of PWDs by making it possible for them to participate in such activities as work, schooling, taking care of the home, and being involved with family and friends in social, recreational and civic activities. Well Told Story, in partnership with UCL, will conduct a research study to understand the existing attitudes and perceptions of young Kenyans towards PWDs and execute a 12-month action research campaign to refine the understanding of Kenyan youth (15-24) attitudes towards PWD, the influencers and the contexts responsible for forming the attitudes, and will suggest a SBCC campaign to modify the attitudes, thus, removing one of the barriers for PWDs lifestyle improvement. This reports gives a summary of findings from the Ground Truth study conducted in November, 2019.

  • What difference does tech make? Conceptualizations of Disability and Assistive Technology among Kenyan Youth: Conceptualizations of Disability and AT

    Catherine Holloway, Giulia Barbareschi, Dr Ben Oldfrey, Norah Kopi
    Oct. 31, 2021
    Kenya

    This research article examines how young Kenyans without disabilities view people with disabilities and AT users.

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    Innovation Spotlight: Creating universal access to safe and appropriate sanitation, through innovating accessible toilets for people with disability.

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, Harrison Kamau
    Sept. 29, 2022
    Kenya

    Syna Consultancy is a social enterprise committed to delivering fair and inclusive sanitation solutions. While their mandate has transformed over the years, their major objective is to ensure universal access to safe and appropriate water and sanitation, with special emphasis paid to the needs of underprivileged communities.

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    Kenyan Assistive Technology Ecosystem Strengthening

    Global Disability Innovation Hub, UK Aid, Brink
    July 25, 2022

    AT2030 is gathering information about stakeholders working in areas relevant to innovation, disability, and assistive technology in Kenya. The mapping is being led by GDI Hub with the University of Nairobi, and Maynooth University and on behalf of the Government of Kenya. This resource will contribute to improving assistive technology policies and systems in Kenya.

  • A team of technicians helping to fit a prosthetic device on a kenyan woman's leg Cover Image

    One small step for an amputee and a giant leap for Amparo and GDI Hub

    Dr Giulia Barbareschi, Global Disability Innovation Hub
    July 30, 2019

    Giulia shares her insights on her experience working on lower limbs prosthetics with Amparo and the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (ADPK).