ICED Newsletter: April 2018

Dear all,

Spring has sprung, and I hope that you are enjoying the emerging sunshine.

We completed the first run of our online course on Global Health and Disability last month. More than 4000 people signed up, and we enjoyed lots of interactions with people from all over the world and a massive range of backgrounds and experiences. The course will run again starting June 4th, and you can sign up here.

We have been working with Help Age International on research on the inclusion of older people with disabilities in humanitarian crises. This project involved completing a systematic review, as well as qualitative research in the Ukraine and Tanzania (see our “Focus on” section below). The report will be launched this month, so do come and join us at our seminar about the project on 30th April, 5-7 p.m. at LSHTM – including a drinks reception.

Sarah Polack and I are guest editing a special edition on “Disability and Global Health” for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The deadline for submission is July 31 – more information on the call is available here.

We have been running a work experience programme for people with disabilities who are interested in becoming researchers. The fifth person is about to join us! Do be in contact if this might interest you.

Best wishes,

Hannah Kuper

International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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This month we published Reflections on Health Promotion and Disability in Low and Middle-Income Countries: Case Study of Parent-Support Programmes for Children with Congenital Zika Syndrome by Kuper, Smythe and Duttine in the Int J Environ Res Public Health.  This paper reflects on the need for addressing the underlying drivers of poor health among people with disabilities, such as poverty and exclusion, in health promotion activities, and whether Parent Support Programmes are an effective method for achieving this goal.

We also published two reports this month, both on our “Reports” page of our website. Maria Zuurmond and colleagues completed the project “Strengthening the Voices of Adolescents with Disabilities in Nepal.”, supported by CBM and Plan International. This project was undertaken to understand what the most important issues are which make a difference to the lives of adolescents with disabilities in Nepal, and where the gaps are, so that this can feed into policies and programmes. The study used innovative participatory approaches, all described in the report.

In parallel, Jane Wilbur has been using participatory approaches to identify the barriers to menstrual hygiene among young women with disabilities in Nepal. She used participatory approaches to gather information, including through photo diaries, and these are displayed in the report. This work was undertaken with Wateraid.

Focus on: Humanitarian Crises

Humanitarian crises are high on the international agenda, in the wake of the conflict in Syria and the refugee crisis. People with disabilities may be particularly vulnerable in humanitarian crises, yet little data exists to show the prevalence of disability in these contexts, the needs of people with disabilities, or which interventions are most effective at promoting inclusion.

We have been working with Help Age International to assess the inclusion of older people with disabilities in humanitarian crisis settings. This project involved:

  • The conduct of a systematic review of the available evidence on older people with disabilities in humanitarian settings, whether from the scientific literature or “grey” literature.
  • Interviews with international stakeholders.
  • Situational analyses using predominantly qualitative methods of the experience of older people with disabilities in humanitarian contexts in Tanzania and Ukraine.
  • Analyses of existing quantitative data comparing the exclusion of older people with disabilities to older people without disabilities.

The lead researchers on the project were Dr Sarah Polack and Phil Sheppard, in association with colleagues from Help Age International. Overall, older people with disabilities were shown to experience additional difficulties and exclusions compared to older people without disabilities across the contexts. A range of recommendations for future research and programming are suggested to promote inclusion. Come to our seminar on April 30 to hear more!

Upcoming Seminars and Events at LSHTM


  • April 30, 2018, 5-7 p.m. Title: Older age and Disability in Humanitarian Crises. Sarah Polack. Jerry Morris room at Tavistock. Including a drinks reception following the talk.

You can find all our previous seminars (including the audio recordings and slides) here.

Work Experience Programme at ICED

We have launched our work experience programme for people with disabilities seeking experience in research. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about joining our team in this capacity: .

Upcoming Conferences


Other things of interest

Three jobs in disability and international development are being advertised at Leonard Cheshire Disability:

We are making every effort to make all our research findings widely available, and have launched a Resource Webpage where you can find our key reports and manuals.

Have you seen this?

Last week the difficulties that people using wheelchairs face when flying was highlighted in the media. Watch a short, and interesting, report about it on the BBC:

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