ICED Newsletter: November 2017

Dear all,

Happy November to you all!

We are very excited to announce that we will be co-hosting an International Conference on Evidence in Global Disability and Health together with the Public Health Foundation of India. The conference will be held February 26-27, 2018 in Hyderabad, India. The conference seeks to bring together researchers, activists and practitioners to discuss new research findings and debate academic and policy issues related to Global Disability and Health. We are now open for registration and abstract submission – deadline for abstracts December 31, 2017. Find out more information here. Looking forward to seeing you in Hyderabad!

LSHTM was delighted to receive three awards for our work on Cerebral Palsy on World Cerebral Palsy day last month. This includes the Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy Programme in Ghana, a public awareness campaign about Cerebral Palsy in Ghana, and ABAaNa – an early intervention programme in Uganda.

Read more about our work on Cerebral Palsy here

Last month, we launched the “Database of Social Protection and Disability in Asia-Pacific and Africa.” This review aimed to identify all social protection programmes in those regions that were either disability targeted or had some element of disability inclusion in their design. Find it here Do let us know if there are any that we have missed! Also read more about our work on Social Protection and Disability in the “Focus on” section below.

Feeling like making an early New Year’s Resolution? Come and join us on 17th December in Greenwich Park for a 5k or 10k fun run! We are running to raise money for Abraco a Microcefilia – an organization raising awareness about Zika and supporting affected families. If you would like to run on the 17th please send an email with; your first name, last name, DOB and email address.

Best wishes,
Hannah Kuper

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

The Million Women Study is a cohort study of women over 60 years in the UK. The paper in the British Journal of Cancer last month showed that almost a quarter (23%) of the women reported to have a disability. Women with disabilities were significantly less likely to take part in routine cancer screening programmes, and this was particularly noted for women with difficulties in self-care or with their vision. Read Here.

Our systematic review of 21 studies shows a high prevalence of hearing impairment among people living with HIV (published in Tropical Medicine and International Health this month). Read Here. A key question emerging from the review is whether hearing screening should be routinely incorporated into HIV treatment services.

Continuing the focus on hearing, Hannah Kuper and colleagues from Malawi and Norway investigated the feasibility and acceptability of training community health workers in ear and hearing care in Malawi. The findings, published in BMJ Open this month, shows that training was effective in improving the knowledge of community health workers and allowing them to identify people with ear and hearing disorders who need simple treatments, or referral for services. Read Here

This month, we launched the “Database of Social Protection and Disability in Asia-Pacific and Africa.” This review aimed to identify all social protection programmes in those regions that were either disability targeted or had some element of disability inclusion in their design. Read Here And let us know if there are any that we have missed!

Phil Sheppard, who is a doctoral candidate at ICED, was the Guest Editor of the latest edition of Physiotherapy Practice, which focused on Global Health. Read it here, including his editorial.

The Mental Health Innovation Net (MHIN) has included our “Congenital Zika Syndrome Parent Support” programme as one of their innovations on their website. Read more about it here. They are also recruiting a Research Fellow to act as Knowledge Exchange Officer and Platform Coordinator for MHIN (deadline Nov 21). Read Here.

Focus On: Social Protection

We have been actively working on Social Protection and Disability for the past 5 years, to try to fill the large gaps in knowledge on this topic. Read our systematic review here.

In Tanzania and Peru, we conducted research showing a high need for social protection among people with disabilities, yet low coverage. This work was funded by GIZ – read the reports here. This work led to the production of a toolkit for inclusive social protection programming: Read Here.

  • This year, we completed a project for DFAT investigating the need for and coverage of social protection for people with disabilities in Nepal and Vietnam. The reports are coming soon, and in the meantime you can see the seminar presenting the key findings here. As part of this project, the social protection and disability database was developed. Read Here.
  • Currently, we are conducting an impact evaluation of the Disability Allowance in the Maldives, funded by 3ie. The baseline has been completed, which included conducting a national survey of disability, and the follow-up will be undertaken next year. Watch this space for results!

For more information about our work on social protection, please contact:

 Upcoming Seminars and Events at LSHTM

  • Thursday 2 November: 17:00-20:00, John Snow Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street, LSHTM. Film Screening “Unrest” – a new film about ME/CFS – followed by Q&A and drinks reception.
  • Thursday 14 November: 30-19.00, LG24, Keppel Street, LSHTM.  ‘The Impact of Physical Rehabilitation in Myanmar’ by Islay Mactaggart and Karl Blanchet, followed by a drinks reception. Further Information Here
  • Tuesday 5 December: International Day for Persons with Disabilities Celebration and Christmas Drinks – watch this space for topic, time and venue!

You can find audio with power-point of past seminars available on our website

Other Seminars of Interest:

  • ADAPT Study Day “Are we meeting the challenge of ageing in the developing world?” – November 17, 2017 – CSP, London. Further Information 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

  • International Conference on Evidence in Global Disability and Health, ICED and Public Health Foundation of India, February 26-27, 2018 in Hyderabad, India. Further Information Here
  • Second International Developmental Pediatrics Association Congress. Mumbai, India, 7-10 December 2017. Read Here
  • 2018 Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine conference, Auckland, New Zeeland 21-24 March, 2018. Read Here
  • First UCL Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability, London, May 9, 2018. Read here: 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

Other News of Interest

  • The “Challenges of Cancer and Disability Study” is looking for people with physical impairments who have had cancer, to be part of the study. If you know anyone, please contact: Dikaios Sakellariou at
  • The Washington Group has recently published 6 new Implementation / analysis guides and a series of blogs about the use of the tool: Read Here
  • Sightsavers have launched a new resource highlighting inclusive education for children with disabilities, and their work in the area. Read Here

Have you seen this?

We loved this short film about the Professional Dance Company with a difference…..Watch Here

Fabulous article in the Guardian on Disability and Development in Mozambique, including a podcast with Tom Shakespeare. View Here

Rehabilitation matters! Powerful film from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy: Watch Here

Talking of podcasts, BBC Ouch has weekly podcasts about disability. Here is one led by two people with autism, talking about their lives and concerns. Watch Here

Thinking about how to fairly and equitably include people with disabilities in systematic review planning? View Here

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