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Learning from doing the EquitAble project: Content, context, process, and impact of a multi-country research project on vulnerable populations in Africa

Mac MacLachlan, Mutamad Amin, Gubela Mji, Hasheem Mannan, Joanne McVeigh, Eilish McAuliffe, Elina Amadhila, Alister Munthali, Arne H. Eide, A. Kudakwashe Dube
African Journal of Disability | Vol 3, No 2 | a89 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajod.v3i2.89 | © 2014 Mac MacLachlan, Mutamad Amin, Gubela Mji, Hasheem Mannan, Joanne McVeigh, Eilish McAuliffe, Elina Amadhila, Alister Munthali, Arne H. Eide, A. Kudakwashe Dube | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2013 | Published: 06 October 2014

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Mac MacLachlan, Centre for Global Health and School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Mutamad Amin, Research & Grants, Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan
Gubela Mji, Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Hasheem Mannan, Centre for Global Health and School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
Joanne McVeigh, Centre for Global Health and School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Eilish McAuliffe, Centre for Global Health and School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Elina Amadhila, Multidisciplinary Research Centre, University of Namibia, Namibia
Alister Munthali, Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi., Malawi
Arne H. Eide, SINTEF Health, SINTEF, Oslo, Norway
A. Kudakwashe Dube, Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: The ‘EquitAble’ project carried out content analyses of policies and collected and analysed qualitative and quantitative data concerning access to health services in Sudan, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa. Our particular concern was to address the situation of people with disabilities, although not in isolation from other marginalised or vulnerable groups.

Objectives: This article reports on the content, context, process and impact of project EquitAble, funded by the European Commission Seventh Research Framework Programme, which brought together researchers from Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Namibia, Sudan and Malawi.

Method: After the 4-year project ended in February 2013, all members of the consortium were asked to anonymously complete a bespoke questionnaire designed by the coordinating team. The purpose of the questionnaire was to capture the views of those who collaborated on the research project in relation to issues of content, context, process and impact of the EquitAble project.

Results: Our results indicated some of the successes and challenges encountered by our consortium.

Conclusion: We identified contextual and process learning points, factors often not discussed in papers, which typically focus on the reporting of the ‘content’ of results.


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