20021201 Impact of Disability on Quality of Life in Rural Bangladesh

20021201 Impact of Disability on Quality of Life of Rural Disabled People in Bangladesh

This study examined the impact of disability on the quality of life of disabled people in rural
Bangladesh. A primary healthcare specialist conducted a door-to-door survey in two villages in
Bangladesh to collect socioeconomic and demographic information on the villagers and for
identification of disabled people. Information on disability and how it affected their life was also
obtained either from the disabled people or from their caregivers by interviewing them. The study
revealed that disability had a devastating effect on the quality of life of the disabled people with a
particularly negative effect on their marriage, educational attainment, employment, and emotional
state. Disability also jeopardized their personal, family and social life. More than half of the disabled
people were looked at negatively by society. Disabled women and girl children suffered more from
negative attitudes than their male counterparts, resulting in critical adverse effects on their psychological
and social health. A combination of educational, economic and intensive rehabilitative measures
should be implemented urgently to make them self-reliant. Collaborative communication between
professionals and parents, behavioural counselling, formation of a self-help group, and comprehensive
support to families will reduce their suffering.