Access of Disabled Children to Medical Services in the Pandemic Context

These children and their families are an underprivileged group, at risk of marginalization and multiple social, educational and medical disadvantage.

Highlights

“The protection of the rights of persons with disabilities has to be at the centre of our efforts, including in our response to the coronavirus. People with disabilities have been among those hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. We must strive to ensure that people with disabilities quality of life improves, and their rights are guaranteed!” Vera Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission, 2021.

According to the National Strategy “A barrier-free society for people with disabilities” 2015-2020, persons with disabilities “include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others” (Government of Romania, 2016).

These persons and their families and caregivers are an underprivileged group, at risk of marginalization and multiple social, educational and medical disadvantage. These problems are likely to deepen in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between November 2020 and March 2021, the UNICEF in Romania Office together with the Department for Public Health of the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences of the Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca carried out the study reported herein, with a view to exploring the impact of the pandemic on the access of disabled children and their families/ caregivers to medical services.

Report - The access of Disabled Children to Medical Services in the Pandemic Context
Author(s)
Monica Georgiana Brînzac; Carina Daiana Tîntaș; Marius Ionuț Ungureanu
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Languages
Romanian

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