ICED Newsletter: January 2018

Dear all,

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful and relaxing break.

The time is approaching for the international conference that we are co-hosting on Evidence in Global Disability and Health together with the Public Health Foundation of India on February 26-27, 2018 in Hyderabad, India. It is looking to be an exciting event with a range of interesting speakers from the region. Still time to register to attend!

Our MOOC (online course) on Global Disability and Health will also launch soon, and will be freely available for all! We have had a range of fabulous speakers and contributors helping to put it together – so thank you all for your help.

We had a bumper crop of papers at the end of last year, among them a large systematic review on poverty and disability, the first trial aiming to reduce violence perpetrated against children with disabilities, and an assessment of barriers to uptake of services by children with disabilities in Malawi. Find out more details of these, and other publications, below.

We are looking forward to working on exciting research projects in 2018. Among these, we are continuing with our evaluation of the impact of the Disability Allowance in the Maldives, developing a new rapid survey method for hearing loss, and expanding our participatory work with people with disabilities to develop a range of effective interventions.

I am very much looking forward to our continued interaction and partnership in 2018.

Best wishes,

Hannah Kuper

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

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Poverty and disability are believed to be linked through a cycle, with one reinforcing the other. Our systematic review on Poverty and disability in low- and middle-income countries published last month includes 150 studies and found strong links between disability and the different measures of poverty. This relationship persisted when results were disaggregated by gender, measure of poverty used and impairment types. Moreover, the association became stronger in countries as they moved out of poverty and became more middle-income.

Trial data are notoriously lacking for interventions for people with disabilities. That is why we are particularly pleased to have collaborated on a trial conducted in Uganda to reduce physical violence toward primary school students with disabilities. The results showed that the “Good School Toolkit” was an effective intervention to reduce violence perpetrated by peers and school staff against with disabilities. 

Early detection and appropriate intervention is important for children with hearing impairment, but sadly often does not happen. We conducted a mixed methods study to explore reasons for low uptake of referrals for ear and hearing services for children in Malawi. Understanding these context specific barriers is important for designing appropriate interventions to increase uptake.

Other publications from our group that came out in December:

Focus On: Surveys

One of the key objectives of ICED is to generate more information on disability prevalence and impacts through conducting surveys.

In 2016, ICED led a National Survey of Disability in Guatemala, in collaboration with CBM, UNICEF Guatemala and the Guatemala National Council on Disability (CONADI). This survey was the first of its kind in the region, incorporating best-practice disability measurement tools and innovative mobile impairment screens. Overall, we screened over 13,000 people and found that about 10% had a disability.

In addition, the study included a nested case-control study to compare the life situation of people with and without disabilities in Guatemala. The results showed that people with disabilities experienced difficulties in participation, access to education and work, and poor health compared to those without disabilities. Qualitative interviews were also undertaken to probe the quantitative findings in more detail.

Upcoming Seminars and Events at LSHTM

  • January 10, 14:00-15:00, Tavistock Place, LG4. Upgrading seminar by Goli Hashemi. “Improving access to Primary Healthcare Services for People with Disabilities in Guatemala; Developing and pilot testing an intervention.”

Other Seminars of Interest:

  • 10 January 2018, 1-7pm Digital Content and Disability, Wilkins Building, UCL. Registration and refreshments in the South Cloisters; seminar in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

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

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?

Great to see this editorial in Lancet Child and Adolescent Health “Securing the right to health for children with disabilities”



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