Data and statistics on disability in developing countries


SINTEF Health Research was commissioned by the DFID Disability Knowledge and Research Program in January 2005 to carry out an inquiry on Disability and statistics in developing countries. Methods applied involved a review of relevant international initiatives and a workshop with disabled peoples' organisations (DPOs) and researchers from Southern Africa as participants.

The literature review showed as expected that there is little data on disability in low-income countries in general. A few overview articles describe existing data as suffering from poor quality, lack of comparability and limited applicability. An exception is found in a series of international publications based on large prevalence studies having applied the Ten Question screening instrument.

A 3-page executive summary is available as well as the full report.


Data and statistics on disability in developing countries, Disability Knowledge and Research Programme, 28 pp.

Published 1 January 2005