Resilience of Persons with Road Accident Disabilities in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Budiriro High - Density Residential Suburb, Harare, Zimbabwe


  • Witness Chikoko
  • kudzai Mwapaura


COVID-19 pandemic, resilience, persons with disabilities, case study


The article interrogates the resilience of persons with road accident
disabilities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in Budiriro, a
high-density suburb, in Zimbabwe. The resilience theory was
adopted to analyse and understand the realities of these people.
Through purposive sampling, eight participants and two government
administrators were interviewed to generate data for this study. The
research findings suggest that persons with disabilities induced by
road traffic accidents are resilient in the face of several adversities,
some induced partly by the COVID-19 pandemic. Factors that
contributed towards their resilience are multiple and varied. These
include support from their churches and communities, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and the Government of
Zimbabwe, relatives, neighbours and well-wishers, among others.
The article concludes by lobbying and advocating for the provision of
social protection programmes for persons with road accident induced
disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.