Experiences of persons living with disabilities in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya
This brief examines the experiences and challenges faced by people with disabilities in the Korogocho and Viwandani informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. The information was collected using Photovoice, a participatory research approach, as a part of work undertaken by the ARISE consortium. Photovoice participants were identified with the support of Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) who had a deep understanding of the Korogocho and Viwandani communities. With the expertise of the co-researchers in both Korogocho and Viwandani informal settlements, three categories of people were identified as the most vulnerable and marginalised: People With Disability (PWD); elderly persons over the age of 65 and leading a vulnerable life; and children heading households. This brief will focus on the journeys of people with disabilities, giving special attention to specifically the challenges they face. This includes the burden of caring for themselves and their dependents such as their children, access to and affordability of health care services, as well as the experiences of discrimination and social stigma.