Shona McDonald

Executive Director, Shonaquip

Leveraging live impact data Shona McDonald's work drives a broad ecosystems change approach to diversity and inclusion of children with disabilities in Africa.
ShonaquipSE use the design, manufacture and sale of rural appropriate products together with Early Childhood Development programs and community based outreach clinic services to build more inclusive and equitable societies for over 1 billion people in the world who have a disability. They are the only ISO 13485 certified wheelchair manufacturing company in Africa and directly assist over 20000 clients pa.

Negative attitudes towards disability from friends, family, and the medical profession, following the birth of one of her daughters inspired her to create effective mobility and accessible health care and educational solutions which have not only changed perceptions and the landscape of disability inclusion across the region but are informing global standards and delivery practice models.

As a self-taught entrepreneur, she is using a multiple hybrid structure to systemically influence disability policy and practice, advocating for rights and strengthening referral pathways and support systems for people with disabilities. She is an Endeavor Entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, RESNA Fellow, and technical advisor to WHO, USAID and CHAI.

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