Ageing, Disability and Assistive Devices in Uganda

Title Assistive Mobility Devices and the Wellbeing of Elderly People with Mobility Disabilities in Wakiso District, Uganda (working title)
Researcher Rehema Bavuma Namaganda
Abstract Despite the fact that the number of elderly people is increasing in Uganda, little attention has been paid to this section of the population so far - neither in academics, NGO or government programs. Regarding disability in old age, the World Disability Report reveals that the two are closely connected: “there is higher risk of disability at older ages, and national populations are ageing at unprecedented rates..” (WHO, 2011). This means we can assume that a high percentage of the elderly people in Uganda lives with a disability of some kind.
The technological devices elderly people with disabilities use and that are meant to enhance their functioning, shall be examined in this research. This should be done with reference to the social context, including a focus on social interactions, roles and responsibilities in the communities and activities of daily living of the elderly people with disabilities.
The understanding of the meaning of using a mobility device in old age and what factors influence this use is critical for improving the lives of elderly people. The study therefore aims at exploring the experiences of ageing with a disability and the role technology plays in the lives of elderly people with disabilities.
Supervision Dr. David Kyaddondo, Makerere University
Funding source(s) SNF-r4d grant