Institute for Global Health



Participatory Action Research with Disabled Adolescents in Nepal (PARDAN) to develop methods and materials to understand their experience of COVID-19

Project Summary

Intersecting vulnerabilities of disability, low socio-economic status, marginalisation and age indicate that children and young people with disabilities (CYPDs) are likely to be uniquely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yet, there has been limited research from low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) about the effect of the pandemic on CYPDs.

In order to capture their experience, it is important that they participate in the design of tools and methods to collect data. 

We will conduct participatory action research in two rural areas of Nepal to:

  1. Understand how the pandemic has affected CYPDs and their families.
  2. Develop peer-research methods and tools with CYPDs to increase their participation in research

CYPDs will pilot these tools and inform the development of training materials to increase the participation of CYPDs in research about current and future public health emergencies.

Links to other research

Other research from the UCL Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents

Other research from IGH on DisabilityParticipatory Learning and ActionAdolescent Health and COVID-19

Other research from IGH in Nepal