Two out of every five people with disability (42.5%) reported that lockdown had made it difficult for them to access routine medical care, found a recent survey conducted by CBM India, a leading organisation in disability-inclusive development, in collaboration with IIPH Hyderabad and Humanity & Inclusion.
Only 20% were able to get regular mental health counselling or therapy related services during the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown, and 11.4% faced problems getting their regular psychiatric medicines. 58.2% were unhappy that the therapy sessions for their child with disability has ceased during the lockdown. 84.2% stated that their daily lives had been impacted. The lack of mobility both in rural and urban areas led to distress.
The study was conducted to understand the level of disruption on the living conditions of persons with disability due to Covid-19 & related restrictions, and to generate evidence to be prepared for future pandemics or emergencies.
The study consisted of 60% male and 40% female. The respondents had different impairments with the following stats- 51.6% with physical impairment, 16.1% with visual impairment, 19% with intellectual impairment, and 9.2% with speech and hearing impairment.
The study was conducted across 14 states in India- Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Maharashtra. The cross-sectional survey was repeated for a 2nd time, 6 weeks after the first interview on a randomly identified 25% subsample to discern any change in trends over this period.