CONSULTANT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARD OPERATING PRACTICE FOR INCLUSION OF SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS /FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

24 June 2017

Persons with disabilities are identified in the new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as “those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”.  Although the CRPD states that persons with (PWD) have the right to experience parenthood, to marry and  found a family, to decide on the number and spacing of children and have the means to exercise this right, access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care, for persons with disabilities, has remained unacceptably low in many developing countries including Ghana.  PWD still face discrimination, and exclusion from health services on account of disability.