"WE HAVE A RIGHT TO LOVE" : The Intersection of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Disability for Urban Refugees in Kampala, Uganda

Article 25 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) states that persons with disabilities should have the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care, including in the area of sexual and reproductive health (SRH), as provided to other persons. Yet, the needs of crisisaffected populations with disabilities are notably absent from global SRH and gender guidelines and standards for humanitarian practice.

To address this gap, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), the Refugee Law Project (RLP) and other stakeholders undertook a qualitative examination of the specific risks, needs and barriers for Congolese and other refugees with disabilities to accessing SRH services in Kampala, Uganda, as well as their capacities and practical ways to overcome these challenges. The target population of refugees was those with long-term physical, intellectual, sensory and mental impairments who experience barriers in society that hinder their full and effective participation on an equal basis with others.
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