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EquitAble: Enabling universal and equitable access to healthcare for vulnerable people in resource poor settings in Africa.


The consortium was led by Professor Mac MacLachlan (Centre for Global Health & School of Psychology), with Trinity Co- Investigators, Dr. Hasheem Mannan (National Institute for Intellectual Disability & School of Social Work & Social Policy) and Eilish Mc Auliffe, (Centre for Global Health & School of Medicine).

The consortium partners were:

  • Afhad University for Women (Sudan)
  • University of Malawi Centre for Social Research (Malawi)
  • Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)
  • Secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities (South Africa)
  • The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (SINTEF) (Norway)
  • University of Stellenbosch Department of Psychology and the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies (South Africa)
  • University of Namibia Multidisciplinary Research and Consultancy Centre (Namibia).


This research programme recognized that health services cannot hope to be equitable unless they are equally accessible to all. The project contributed to achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) by addressing the health service needs of some of the most disadvantaged people in Africa. Conceptualizing disability along a continuum of activity limitation the programme explored the interplay between disability and other factors that marginalize and exclude people from mainstream services and society. EquitAble used policy analysis along with qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods to contribute to a rigorous evidence-base that aims to bridge the know-how gap for national, regional, and international health policies and practice.

For further information on this research project please contact Prof. Mac MacLachlan

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Downloadable Materials
EquiFrame_write-up_in_The_Parliament [346KB]



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