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Assessment of prison life of persons with disability in Ghana

Overview of attention for article published in BMC International Health and Human Rights, August 2016
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Title
Assessment of prison life of persons with disability in Ghana
Published in
BMC International Health and Human Rights, August 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12914-016-0094-y
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Joslin Dogbe, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Anthony Edusei, Gyikua Plange-Rhule, Nicholas Addofoh, Sandra Baffour-Awuah, Osei Sarfo-Kantanka, Charles Hammond, Michael Owusu

Abstract

Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are a unique group that are often overlooked in many developing countries due to systemic weaknesses, lack of political commitment and inadequate support from government and non-governmental agencies. The population of these individuals is however steadily on the increase and currently corresponds to 15 % of the world population. Although much data exist on lifestyle and conditions of prisoners with disabilities in the western world, scanty information is available in Africa. In Ghana, there is insufficient data on the occurrence and social characteristics of prisoners with disabilities. The purpose of this current study was therefore to identify the occurrence, types and causes of disabilities among prisoners serving sentences in Ghanaian prisons. This study was a descriptive cross-sectional survey conducted in the Male and Female Regional Prisons in Kumasi, Sunyani and the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, from November to December 2011. PWDs were selected by prisons officers and interviewed using structured questionnaires on variables such as socio-demographic characteristics, causes of disabilities and accessibility to recreational facilities. Ethical approval was obtained from the security services and the Committee of Human Research Publications and Ethics (CHRPE) of the School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). We screened 6114 records of prisoners of which 1852 (30.3 %) were from the Kumasi Central Prisons, 3483 (57 %) from the Nsawam Medium Security and 779 (12.8 %) from the Sunyani Central Prisons. A total of 99 PWDs were identified with the commonest disability being physical, followed by visual, hearing, speech, mental and albinism. Most of the disabilities were caused by trauma (68.8 %) followed by infection (16.7 %), and drug related mental disabilities (6.3 %). Fifty (50.5 %) out of the 99 PWDs were not provided with assistive devices although they admitted the need for such. The present study has demonstrated the occurrence and conditions of PWDs in Ghanaian prisons. Major stakeholders including government agencies and other organisations could develop policies that would improve the conditions and livelihood of prisoners with disabilities in Ghana.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 101 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 20 20%
Student > Bachelor 12 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 11%
Researcher 8 8%
Other 20 20%
Unknown 19 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 26 26%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 15%
Social Sciences 14 14%
Psychology 9 9%
Business, Management and Accounting 3 3%
Other 14 14%
Unknown 20 20%

Attention Score in Context

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#6,711,407
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#1
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