May 2017 Newsletter

Dear all,

Happy May!

This month ICED is hosting or taking part in three seminars at LSHTM, and we hope to see you there.

  • Today! Islay Mactaggart will be presenting the results of the national survey of disability in Guatemala (5:30 in the Rose Room at LSHTM).
  • On May 11, Hannah Kuper will be taking part in the LSHTM “Think Zika” event, and presenting on “Addressing the needs of children with congenital Zika syndrome and their families.”
  • On May 30, Morgon Banks and Stephen Kidd (Development Pathways) will be presenting the results of different studies under the banner of “Social Protection and Disability”.

Details of all the seminars are given below. Recordings will be made available online for those who cannot attend.

A key focus of our research is investigating access to health and rehabilitation services among people with disabilities. This month, Tess Bright and colleagues published a systematic review of interventions to improve access to healthcare services in low and middle income countries. We are looking forward to adapting these techniques and testing them in Malawi to improve uptake of rehabilitation services by children later this year.

Other than that, we are busy preparing for fieldwork and travel, with trips to the Maldives, Guatemala and Geneva, planned for the next month.

Best wishes,

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

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Publications and Presentations

Tess Bright and colleagues published “A systematic review of strategies to increase access to health services among children in low and middle income countries” in BMC Health Services Research last month. This review identified 57 studies, investigating effective interventions to improve health uptake by children, though none addressed children with disabilities. The most effective strategies in improving health service access were found to be delivering interventions closer to home and the use of text messages as reminders. Read Here

Upcoming Seminars and Events at LSHTM

ICED Disability Seminar Series 2016 – 2017

Thursday 4th May, 5:30pm in the Rose Room at LSHTM. “The Guatemala National Disability Survey – Findings and Implications”. Presentation by Islay Mactaggart, followed by a Drinks Reception.

Tuesday 30th May, 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.

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

Other Events at LSHTM

Title: Think Zika

Date: Thursday 11 May 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Type of Event:Lecture

Within this event, Hannah Kuper will be speaking on “Addressing the Needs of Children with Congenital Zika Syndrome and of their FamiliesRead 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

  • Nordic Network on Disability Research 14th Research Conference. Örebro, Sweden, May 3-5, 2017.Read Here
  • 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?

Internship opportunity in the WHO country office in Tajikistan for rehabilitation related professionals in Public Health Studies. Read Here

Also, UNICEF has launched the new Module on Child Functioning. This module covers children between 2 and 17 years of age and assesses functional difficulties in different domains including hearing, vision, communication/comprehension, learning, mobility and emotions. Watch a video to Learn more about the module

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