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Early diagnosis and intervention for autism spectrum disorder in Africa: insights from a case study

By Nicole Wannenburg, Roelf van Niekerk

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Abstract

Awareness and concern regarding the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has increased worldwide.1-3 In high resource countries, this has led to an increase in funding for ASD research and the inclusion of ASD in health policies.1,4 Despite an increase in research on ASD in Africa in the last decade,2,5 little is known about its prevalence on the continent.5-7 In part, this is owing to greater financial and research focus on communicable diseases in Africa.6,8 Non-communicable diseases, and in particular mental health,9,10 have been a low priority in legislation and public health policies. This has detracted funding from these relevant health concerns. Current research in Africa suggests that the prevalence of individuals living with ASD is greater than was previously perceived and may be increasing.6,8

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Katie Osborn

Publication Title African Journals Online
Volume 18
Issue 1
Pages 137-146
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ahs.v18i1.18
Language English
Additional Language English
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  • Nicole Wannenburg; Roelf van Niekerk (2019), "Early diagnosis and intervention for autism spectrum disorder in Africa: insights from a case study," http://habricentral.org/resources/64799.

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