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Transport equity in Sri Lanka: Experiences linked to disability and older age

Show simple item record Tennakoon, V. Wiles, J. Peiris-John, R. Wickremasinghe, R. Kool, B. Ameratunga, S. 2020-11-20T05:46:09Z 2020-11-20T05:46:09Z 2020
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Transport and Health. 2020; 18: 100913. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 22141405
dc.description Not in MEDLINE. In Scopus en_US
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION: Transport, a well-recognised determinant of health, is particularly salient to well-being and equitable health outcomes amongst older people and people living with disabilities living in low-and middle-income countries. This study explored the facilitators and barriers for safe and accessible transportation from the perspectives of older people and those living with disabilities in Sri Lanka. METHODS: The community-based qualitative research study involved eight focus group discussions conducted among older people (60 years and above) and people living with disabilities (physical, sensory, learning impairment; aged 12 years and above) in the Colombo district, Sri Lanka. Thematic analysis was used to analyse data. RESULTS: The transport challenges perceived by participants were multi-faceted and often inter-related. Participants identified barriers embedded in the built environment and transport infrastructure, such as poorly designed road systems and public vehicles, unsatisfactory services, lack of representation in road development programs, reduced opportunities for meaningful participation in the society and negative attitudes of the general public, as limitations for safe and accessible transportation. Poverty exacerbated the transport inequities experienced by the participants, affecting their quality of life and well-being. CONCLUSIONS: The study findings indicate the need for a national policy and legislative reforms that prioritise age- and disability-inclusive transport systems and infrastructure, and accessible and affordable transport modes in Sri Lanka. To ensure equitable opportunities and wellbeing, it is also imperative to foster meaningful relationships and positive societal attitudes towards older people and those living with disability. © 2020 Elsevier Ltd en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd en_US
dc.subject older age en_US
dc.title Transport equity in Sri Lanka: Experiences linked to disability and older age en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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