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The Economic Lives of People with Disabilities in Vietnam

Palmer, M; Groce, N; Mont, D; Nguyen, OH; Mitra, S; (2015) The Economic Lives of People with Disabilities in Vietnam. PLoS One , 10 (7) , Article e0133623. 10.1371/journal.pone.0133623. Green open access

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Abstract

Through a series of focus group discussions conducted in northern and central Vietnam, this study gives voice to the lived economic experience of families with disabilities and how they manage the economic challenges associated with disability. The dynamic of low and unstable income combined with on-going health care and other disability-related costs gives rise to a range of coping mechanisms (borrowing, reducing and foregoing expenditures, drawing upon savings and substituting labour) that helps to maintain living standards in the short-run yet threatens the longer-term welfare of both the individual with disability and their household. Current social protection programs were reported as not accessible to all and while addressing some immediate economic costs of disability, do not successfully meet current needs nor accommodate wider barriers to availing benefits.

Type: Article
Title: The Economic Lives of People with Disabilities in Vietnam
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133623
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0133623
Additional information: © 2015 Palmer et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472462
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