ICED Newsletter: October 2017

Online Course, Students and Lego!

Dear all,

The new batch of MSc students are starting at LSHTM this week, which is always an exciting time. Each year several students focus on disability for their dissertations, and this is a great experience for both us and them. Please see our “focus on…” section for a description of some of this year’s projects. And do be in touch if you have any suggestions for us of good topics for next year!

We will be reaching an even larger audience soon through our teaching, as we are putting together a MOOC (free online course) on Global Disability and Health. This course will be launched in early 2018, and repeated throughout the year. In the meantime, it has been fascinating putting the material together and gathering the testimonies of many people with disabilities to include throughout the course.

This month, we welcome two new PhD students. David Musendo is an experienced evaluator and will be turning his attention to assessing the impact of livelihood interventions targeted at people with disabilities. Dorothy Boggs will be investigating development and disability in children in low resource settings.

Our seminar series is now underway for 2017/18. First up is a lecture by me on Monday October 16, where I will talking about what we can learn about disability through the Zika epidemic. Further Information Here Come and join us!

We also have news on seminars, publications and more – listed below.

Best wishes,

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

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Publications and Presentations

Morgon Banks, Hannah Kuper and colleagues published the article “If he could speak, he would be able to point out who does those things to him” in PloS One. Read Here This paper describes the experiences of violence and access to child protection among children with disabilities in Uganda and Malawi, and is part of a broader project on inclusive child protection undertaken with Plan International. Link here: Read Here

We conducted a population-based survey of disability and specific impairments in Fundong District, North West Cameroon. One publication this month in Ophthalmic Epidemiology showed 2.3% of people (all ages) had visual impairments, and of these 22% had a physical impairment and 30% had hearing impairment, emphasizing the need for inclusive eye health programmes. Read Here A second paper published in TMIH estimated that more than one in ten people had a musculoskeletal impairment (11.6%), and that one third of these people had never received medical care or rehabilitation services for their condition, emphasizing the need to scale up these services. Read Here

Publishing research is a major obligation and focus of academics, to make sure that research findings become publicly available. We investigated the extent to which the results of surveys of blindness undertaken in low and middle income countries were published, and found that many surveys were never published, or when published did not provide consistent or high quality information, highlighting key areas for improvement. Read Here

Focus On: MSc Dissertations

Each year, ICED supports MSc dissertations on a range of disability-related topics. This year, we had a diverse range of exciting projects, including:

  • A systematic review of the association between malnutrition and childhood disability in low and middle income settings.
  • Two projects investigating WASH-related issues facing people with disabilities in Madagascar and Pakistan.
  • A data analysis of our national survey in Rwanda, identifying the prevalence and correlates of disability.
  • A review of the literature on needs of carers of children with disabilities in low resource settings.
  • A situational analysis of the rehabilitation sector in Tanzania.

We have also collaborated with different NGOs in the conduct of these studies, so please let us know if you have any good ideas for next year’s batch of students. Contact us here: .

Upcoming Seminars and Events at LSHTM

  • Monday 16 October, 5:30-6:30, John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSHTM. Hannah Kuper will be presenting on “Global Disability: What can we learn from Zika?” as part of the Global Health Lecture Series at LSHTM. Further Information Here
  • Thursday 26 October, 12:45-13:45, Lucas Room – LG81, “Why to include disability in your studies and how to do it?” with a range of presenters. Further Information Here
  • 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.
  • Thursday 7 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:

  • Monday 9 October, 17:30-19:00, South Courtyard Cafe: World Mental Health Day Event! The Centre for Global Mental Health presents “The Arts and Global Mental Health” 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

  • 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

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 Lurie Institute for Disability Policy seeks postdoctoral fellow in disability policy research, Brandeis University, USA. Application deadline October 15, 2017. Contact Michelle Techler for more information
  • The Lurie Institute have also launched a new website: View Website Here to share results of theNational Research Center for Parents with Disabilities 
  • The Campbell Collaboration has launched a Disability Coordinating Group to share knowledge about evidence based practice and systematic reviews: Further Information Here
  • Sophie Mitra’s book on Disability, Health and Human Development is now available: View Here

Have you seen this?

Great to see that Lego is now positively portraying children with disabilities through their toys: View Here

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