Disability measures as an indicator of poverty: A case study from Viet Nam

Peer-reviewed article
(2012 Jan) Journal of International Development, 24 S53-S68


Michael G. Palmer, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, Quach Thi Ngoc Quyen, Dang Sy Duy, Hoang Van Huynh & Helen L. Berry


This paper examines the relationship between disability and poverty at a health‐demographic surveillance site in Viet Nam using alternative measures of disability severity. Analysis of the site population (n = 65 400) is combined with interviews of 27 households containing members with disabilities. Results show that disability severity is positively associated with poverty. Results support recent efforts of the Vietnamese government to extend programmes of social protection for households containing members with severe disabilities. However, a higher level of disability targeting is required, both in terms of eligibility and of benefit levels.

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Livelihood & Social Protection