Transport, health and disability are interlinked on many levels, with transport availability directly and indirectly influencing health, and health status influencing transport options. This is especially the case in rural locations of sub-Saharan Africa, where transport services are typically not only high cost, but also less frequent and less reliable than in urban areas. This special issue presents papers concerned with three different aspects of the transport/health/disability nexus – firstly the linkages between access to transport and obstetric emergencies, secondly those between disability, access to transport and service access (including health service access), and thirdly the linkages between transport and disability associated with road traffic injury. The papers were all presented during a full day session on rural access issues at the UK African Studies Association’s biennial conference at Leeds University in September 2012, sponsored by the UK Department for International Development [DFID]- funded Africa Community Access Programme [AFCAP]. The session, entitled, ‘Making new connections: mobilities, roads and rural access in sub-Saharan Africa’, was focused on presenting new and on-going research on rural access issues in sub-Saharan Africa.
Anon. Special Issue: Rural access, health and disability in sub-Saharan Africa; lessons for transport policy and practice from recent transport services research. World Transport Policy and Practice (2013) 19 (2) 1-64.