Disabled Population in Pakistan: Disabled Statistics of Neglected People (W-13)

Disabled Population in Pakistan: Disabled Statistics of Neglected People (W-13)

Publication details

  • Thursday | 15 Jul, 1993
  • Tauseef Ahmed
  • Working Papers
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Abstract

Collection of data on disabled persons in Pakistan has been a regular feature of population censuses.  Special surveys too have been conducted to capture various details of a number of disabilities.  But unfortunately, none of the sources provide credible data because of a number of discrepancies among various data sources.  Due to fluctuating trends as captured by various surveys, the evaluative exercise could not arrive at any definite conclusions about the status of the disabled population in Pakistan.  The analysis shows more females than males, and there seems to be a bigger population of disabled people in the rural rather than the urban areas.  A large majority of disabilities can be overcome provided adequate attention is given and programmes evolved to this end. Presently The disability data seems to be heavily marred by underreporting at younger ages, and over reporting for females, especially those with rural origin.  The special survey of disabled persons (1984-85) done by the Federal Bureau of Statistics seems to be of better  quality and the effort needs to be continued.