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Perceptions about Barriers to Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services among Deaf People in Ghana

Author:

Wisdom Kwadwo Mprah

Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Department of Community Health, School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, GH
About Wisdom Kwadwo

Dr. Mprah has been teaching at the Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Department of Community Health, School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

The author holds a Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Arts (Geography), and M. Phil (Geography) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and PhD (Disability Studies) from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to provide insights into factors that influence the acquisition, accessibility, and utilisation of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information and services by deaf people who communicate using Ghanaian Sign Language (GSL).

Methods: The study explored deaf people’s perceptions about barriers to SRH information and services in Ghana. There were 26 participants in 3 focus groups: 10 executives of Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD), 7 deaf adult males and 9 deaf adult females.  A key informant, who had experience in working with deaf people, was also interviewed.  Review of documents and observations helped to clarify data gathered from the focus groups.

Results: Study findings indicated that when accessing SRH information and services in Ghana, deaf people encounter numerous barriers such as problems with communication, ignorance about deafness, negative attitudes, and services that are not customised to their needs.

Conclusion: If it is to succeed, any SRH programme for the deaf community must make the eradication of communication barriers a priority, since communication is fundamental to all challenges that deaf people encounter.
How to Cite: Mprah, W.K., 2013. Perceptions about Barriers to Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services among Deaf People in Ghana. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 24(3), pp.21–36. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v24i3.234
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Published on 06 Nov 2013.

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