May 2015: News and events from the ICED
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International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Dear All,
Welcome to the May newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.
This month we launched our new Working Guide to using the Key Informant Method (KIM) to identify children with disabilities. With support from CBM we have developed the KIM over a number of years, including projects in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malawi and Kenya. KIM allows organisations to identify children with disabilities at ten times lower cost than a population-based survey. The guide represents our lessons learnt along the way and tips for the best outcomes; and is launched alongside all the resources needed to use it.
A workshop on Disability and Social Protection was held this month, during which the findings from our recent GIZ-funded disability and social protection project in Tanzania and Peru were launched. The workshop was well attended by stakeholders from international organisations, funders, consultants, advocates and other researchers. You can watch the presentations and download the resources here.
On February 18th, 2016 (a date for your diaries) at LSHTM we plan to hold an International Conference on “Evidence in Global Disability and Health”.  The conference will bring together researchers, activists and practitioners to discuss new research findings and debate academic and policy issues related to Global Disability and Health. You can register or submit an abstract (both free of charge) on the ICED website. Please also let us know if you would like to advertise the conference on your own website, and we can send you the documents.

On a personal note, we bade a brief farewell to our Co-Director Hannah Kuper this month as she goes on maternity leave. We wish her all the best for her new addition and look forward to having her back later this year.
Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and let us know about items you would like included in future issues.  
Best wishes,

Allen Foster and Islay Mactaggart 
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Publications, presentations and ICED in the news

Karl Blanchet and colleagues published correspondence in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine on the need for a better response to the Syrian health crisis, including the needs of internally displaced refugees with non-communicable diseases and disabilities. Read the full text: here.

Hannah Huper’s latest column focused on Ebola and the emerging evidence of a post-ebola syndrome (PES) that causes long term disabilities. Read the column: here. We’re currently involved with a team trying to establish a research project to build evidence on this – more news to come soon!

ICED Research Fellow Islay Mactaggart guest-edited this month’s issue of the Community Eye Health Journal, “Working with Communities to Improve their Eye Health”. This included writing the Editorial, plus articles “How to empower communities to take action on improving eye health” and “Techniques to encourage people to take better care of their eye health”. The journal is open access and available to download here.
Tuesday 12th May is International ME/CFS day. To mark the occasion, our colleagues Erinna Bowman and Caroline Kingston from the CURE-ME team will be giving a lunch time seminar on disability and ME/CFS as part of our Disability Seminar Series. They’ll show a short film overview of ME/CFS and describe the often under-recognised disabling component of the disease. For more details and to register, click here.


Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

  • International ME/CFS day Seminar, May 12th 2015. Join us for a lunch time seminar on disability and ME/CFS. For more details and to register, click here.
  • Master’s courses in infectious diseases Open Evening, May 14th 2015: The school will open its doors to potential students for the infectious disease Masters’ from 17:30. Scholarships of up to £10,000 are available for these courses. Register and further details here.
  • “Can Disabled people fly high? Removing barriers to achievement”, Tom Shakespeare, June 16th 2015: Please join us for our ICED summer evening seminar and drinks reception from 17:30. RSVP and further details here.

External Seminars and Events

  • Saturday 23 May 2015, 10 am-3 pm: One day workshop 'Young people with visual impairment: the transition from education to employment'. Hosted by UCL Institute of Child Health, London.  The workshop is aimed at professionals who work with children and young people with visual impairment. The cost for attending is £20 (students £10), including lunch. Find out more.

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:


  • Questioning contemporary societies through the lens of disability. 4th annual conference of ALTER, European Society for Disability Research. 2-3 July 2015, Paris, France. More information: here.
  • MAGic 2015  Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy and practice. 9-11th Sept 2015, University of Sussex. More information: here.

Save the Date:

Our International Symposium on Global Disability and Health will be held at LSHTM on Thursday February 18, 2016. Further details on the programme, registration and abstract submission can be found: here.

Current courses from LSHTM

The ICEH and Future Learn MOOC (free online course) on “Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services began on April 27th. You can still register to participate and can “catch up” on the first few days’ learning.  This course highlights the key facts about avoidable blindness and the global initiatives to address it. Details can be found: here.

External resources and courses

A new short course has been announced at UCL’s Institute for Global Health. “How to change behaviour through community engagement in low resource settings: A practical short course” will run from 15-17 June 2015. Register interest: here.

A recent Guardian Q&A on getting a graduate job in the third sector provided excellent advice and tips from a range of organisations, including our colleagues at Plan UK. Read the transcript of this discussion: here.

The latest issue of Disability and Global South, a special issue on Disability and Forced Migration, is now available (open access): 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.

Have you seen this?

“Why I came out as a disabled journalist”: Nick Davis reflects on the BBC Ouch blog about his own experiences as a journalist and a disabled person: here.
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