2011 International Research Symposium


International Research Symposium

Equitable Health Services for People with Disabilities with a Focus on Low and Middle Income Countries


On the 8 November 2011, The International Centre for Evidence in Disability held an International Research symposium entitled “Equitable Health Services for People with Disabilities with a Focus on Low and Middle Income Countries”.  Organised in partnership with the WHO; the event was co-sponsored by CBM and Handicap International.

Over 120 people attended the event, representing Universities, NGOs and government organisations from across the globe.

Dr Tom Shakespeare opened proceedings by discussing the World Report on Disability and future work. A recording of the speech will be available shortly on this page. Delegates also heard from researchers, describing their work in areas such as emancipatory research in India, barriers to the uptake of services, the Key Informant method and access to services in post disaster settings.

Myroslava Tataryn’s closing address, provided an insight into her work as a researcher and with international NGOs.

All the presentations can be accessed via the links below along with a list of the numerous posters which were displayed on the day.  A variety of topics were covered by the posters, dealing with subjects as diverse as increasing access to water and the experiences of disabled children during and after the Haiti earthquake.


Keynote speech 1 Dr Tom Shakespere, WHO
Session 1 Individual level

Chair: Nora Groce, University College London

Barriers to accessing health services for people with disabilities in Malawi and South Africa Arne H Eide, SINTEF Technology & Society
Research for Empowerment – Emancipatory Research on Impact of a Community-based Rehabilitation Programme Sunil Deepak, Italian Association Amici di Raoul Follereau (AIFO)
The interface between provision and uptake of healthcare: a qualitative approach Juliet Bedford, Anthrologica & University of Oxford
Session 2Service level

Chair: Mary Wickenden, University College London

Access to health services in Bulgaria Donka Dimitrova,  Medical University Plovdiv, Bulgaria
From vulnerable groups to empowered right-holders: using Community Based Rehabilitation in Myanmar (Burma) to facilitate inclusive early recovery in the post-disaster setting Mike Griffiths, The Leprosy Mission Myanmar & Myanmar National Disability Working Group
User perspectives and training approaches to disability in Bangladesh Philomena Commons, Leeds Metropolitan University
Session 3Health systems

Chair: Karl Blanchet LSHTM

Using the Key Informant Methodology in Bangladesh to identify children with disabilities and plan appropriate rehabilitative healthcare services to meet their needs Islay Mactaggart, LSHTM
Disability, Injury and Rehabilitation work in post-earthquake Haiti: findings from two studies Aleema, Shivji, Handicap International & Myroslava Tataryn, LSHTM
Towards equity in health policies for people with disability in Africa: development and application of the EquiFrame methodology to 51 health policies from Sudan, Malawi, South Africa and Namibia Malcolm  MacLachlan, Trinity College Dublin
Keynote speech 2 Myroslava Tataryn, LSHTM


A list of the posters can be found here


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