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Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 48 preschool centres in Thyolo district, Malawi. Data were collected from parents or guardians of 20 children per centre. Disability was ascertained using the Washington Group/UNICEF Child Functioning Module. Child development was measured using the language and social domains of the Malawi Development Assessment Tool.
Results: A total of 960 children were enrolled; 935 (97.4%) children were assessed for disability and 933 (97.2%) for developmental delay; 100 (10.7%) children were identified as having a disability. The prevalence of disability was higher among children 5+ years (n = 60; 29.3%) than children 2–4 years (n = 40; 5.5%); 109 of 933 (11.7%) children were classified as having developmental delay, 41 (4.4%) in “language” and 77 (83%) in “social” domains.
Conclusions: This study found that disability and developmental delays are common among preschool children in Malawi. It is one of the first to measure disability and delay among children in a preschool setting in Africa.
- child development
- developmental delay
- early intervention
- special education
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Improving curriculum and teaching methods to influence policy and increase the quality of ECDE provision for children with disabilities in Malawi
Lynch, P., McLinden, M. & Morris, S.
1/06/15 → 28/02/19
Project: Research Councils