Graphic depicting the profiles of each of the three fictional case-studies
Fictional Case Studies

Health and wellbeing challenges in the context of disability

We’ve now begun to think about health and wellbeing, and what this means in the context of disability.

Now, let’s return to our three fictional case studies - Santhi, Maria and Joseph.

Use the images below, and the quiz in Step 2.4, to help you think about:

  • What health and wellbeing challenges might our fictional case studies experience?

Case Study 1 - Santhi: Santhi is a young woman in her twenties in India. She lives in Rural India, with her parents in a resource poor household. She has experienced symptoms of schizophrenia since her adolescence, but had no formal diagnosis. She is not married, and does not have a job.

Case Study 1: Image shows Santhi sitting on the ground being scolded by her mother who is standing.

Case Study 2 - Maria: Maria is a four year old girl who was born with cerebral palsy. She lives in Central Guatemala. Her mother received a formal diagnosis from a doctor and attends a caregiver support group where she receives advice and support from other parents. Her mother previously worked as a seamstress but has now given up her job to care for her child

Case Study 2: Image shows Maria's mother and Maria, who is being carried on her mother's back, talking to a man in front of a medicine table.

Case Study 3 - Joseph: Joseph is an older male from North West Cameroon. He is waiting for a referral for a free cataract operation. He also has age-related hearing loss, but this has not been diagnosed. He is still quite active, helping tend to the family farm

Case Study 3: Image shows Joseph standing by a path with his walking stick. The path leads to a free standing squat toilet outhouse in the distance Remember, you can click on the “See Also” links at the bottom of this page to find out more relevant information on the context in each of these settings.

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Global Health and Disability

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine