ICED Newsletter June 2017

Dear all,

Happy June! Summer is here at last!

We had a fabulous time in May planning different research projects. One of these was the expert meeting we had to finalise the training and support programme for parents of children with Congenital Zika Syndrome. Looking forward to pilot testing it in Brazil in August this year with lovely partners!

This month we are looking forward to hosting a seminar and an event. On June 20, Morgon Banks and Stephen Kidd (Development Pathways) will be presenting the results of different studies under the banner of “Social Protection and Disability” (delayed from last month). We are also hosting an afternoon to discuss cross-cutting issues around disability and adolescence on June 27, 1-5 p.m. Come and join us – more details below!

We are hiring! We are seeking to appoint a Project Administrator (Maternity cover) to work with the Disability & Eye Health Group (DEHG). More Information Here

We are still looking forward to hosting our Symposium with the Public Health Foundation of India in Hyderabad, India. Unfortunately, we have had to delay this from November 2017 until February 2018. Details will follow, as soon as these are confirmed. Do be in touch if you want to be involved!

Congratulations to Antony Duttine for passing his doctoral upgrade, and to Islay Mactaggart and Andrew Bastawrous for submitting their PhD thesis. A great achievement!

Best wishes,

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

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Publications and Presentations

Hannah Kuper and colleagues published a “Survey of ENT Services in Sub-Saharan Africa” in Global Health Action this month, and found little progress between 2009 and 2015. Services therefore remain woefully inadequate to meet current need. Read it here: Read Here

Andrew Bastawrous, Hannah Kuper and colleagues published the first data showing the incidence and progression of Age Related Macular Degeneration in Africa. They estimated that there are up to 100,000 new cases of the condition in Kenya each year, and so new strategies may need to be developed to tackle this issue. Read it here: Read Here

Upcoming Seminars and Events at LSHTM

ICED Disability Seminar Series 2016 – 2017

Tuesday June 20, 5:30-7:30 pm at Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM.

‘Social Protection and Disability’ Presentations by Morgon Banks and Stephen Kidd (Development Pathways), followed by a Drinks Reception.

Tuesday 27th June, 1-5 pm at LSHTM. An afternoon to discuss issues around adolescence and disability. The event is open to all, and will include key talks by leaders in the field. For more information, please contact

The audio with power-point of past seminars are available on our website: Read Here

Other Events at LSHTM

Very sadly, our colleague from the Centre for Global Mental Health, Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana, died earlier this year. An annual lecture has been established in his name, with the first event held Thursday 8th June, from 6pm to 7pm, and will be followed by a drinks reception. It will include a range of talks on mental health, including a reflection on mental health in complex emergencies. More Information & Registration Details 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

  • King’s Health Partners’ Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Conference 5-6 June 2017 in London.
  • Global Disability Innovation Summit. London, UK, 13-14 July, 2017.  Read Here
  • Second International Developmental Pediatrics Association Congress. Mumbai, India, 7-10 December 2017. Read Here

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. Resource Website Here

Have you seen this?

Lots to look at this month:

  • Lovely film of the reaction of school friends to a young girl who has received her new sports blades. Watch Here
  • A short film showing the music of sign language: Watch Here
  • The Washington Group have started both a blog series (Washington Group Blog series) and have launched four new training videos Watch Here

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