29 Nov Invisible People
On 8 November 2018, I published my first article in Russian on CABAR.asia titled “Who is left behind in statistics? Analysis of factors affecting disability measurement in Uzbekistan”. My assumption was that the official statistics don’t include many disabled people in Uzbekistan. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability and 80% of them are living in developing countries. However, in Uzbekistan only 2% of the population are registered as disabled people.
How to explain such a large gap between the international and national prevalence of disability? What factors influence the measurement of disability indicators in Uzbekistan and how best to collect statistical data? My article focused on analysing the official disability data and making assumptions on why it did not include many disabled people in the country.
Reliable disability statistics are essential for the inclusion of disabled. After all, to learn about their existence and social status, we rely mainly on quantitative data. And if you are not considered in the official statistics, you become invisible to the state and society. Therefore, I decided to republish this article at Gazeta.uz – an online news website mainly in Russian. As a result, I changed the long title to “Invisible People” and published it in Russian and Uzbek.