International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Dear all,
Welcome to the March newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED).
We had a fantastic time at the Evidence on Global Health and Disability Conference, co-hosted with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in Hyderabad Feb 22-23. The 125 participants contributed to lively discussions, and there were stimulating presentations and workshops. We followed this with a short course on Research Methods in Disability and Health at PHFI Feb 24-28.
We have launched a “Yammer” group to bring together researchers interested in HIV and disability for online discussions. Please e-mail us at if you would like to join the group.
Please share it with your colleagues and let us know about items you would like included in future newsletters.  You can now also keep in touch with us on Twitter @ICED_LSHTM.

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


Our publications this month focus on eye care interventions.
Blanchet K, James P. Can international health programmes be sustained after the end of international funding: the case of eye care interventions in Ghana. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Feb 19;14(1):77.
Bastawrous A, Burgess PI, Mahdi AM, Kyari F, Burton MJ, Kuper H. Posterior segment eye disease in sub-Saharan Africa: review of recent population-based studies. Trop Med Int Health. 2014 Jan 31.
Bozzani FM, Griffiths UK, Blanchet K, Schmidt E. Health systems analysis of eye care services in Zambia: evaluating progress towards VISION 2020 goals. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Feb 28;14(1):94.
Griffiths UK, Bozzani FM, Gheorghe A, Mwenge L, Gilbert C. Cost-effectiveness of eye care services in Zambia. Cost Eff Resour Alloc. 2014 Feb 25;12(1):6.

External resources

This month, we would like to draw your attention to two excellent sources of information on disability:
Source is an international online resource centre run by Handicap International. It is designed to strengthen the management, use and impact of information on disability and inclusion.

WHO MiNDbank is an online platform which brings together a range of country and international resources, covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development.



Upcoming seminars at LSHTM

  • The MSc Public Health for Eye Care and The Disability & Eyes (ICEH) Group Invites you to a Film Screening of:
  • March 20, 2014. 5:30-6:30, Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM. Joint Seminar between ICED and Centre for Global Mental Health Epilepsy
    • Epidemiology, Service Delivery and Access to Treatment in Resource-poor Settings. Chair: Hannah Kuper. Speakers: Professor Ley Sander and Dr Katie Burton. Followed by Drinks Reception.
External events of interest
  • TONIGHT! 3rd March 2014, 5.00-6.30pm at UCL. Book launch for Surviving Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery
  • 20th March, 20141500 – 1630 GMT. Webinar:  ‘Setting up clinical services and programmes for clubfoot: working towards sustainability’. Register:
    Learning Disability and Ethnicity. One day conference. 28th March, 2014.
UK Conferences and calls for papers
  • Disability Studies Conference. Lancaster. 9-11 September, 2014. Deadline for Abstract submission: March 14, 2014.
  • Disability and International Development Journal. Special issue: Identifying Barriers- Enhancing Accessibility. Deadline for submission: March 21, 2014
  • Disability and the Global South. An International Journal. Special Issue: Disability, Technology and the Global South. Deadline: June 30, 2014

ICED in the news

From January 2014: Reuters - Poor disabled children 10 times less likely to go to school than peers - NGO

Forthcoming courses

We are excited to announce two new short courses run by ICED at LSHTM, and welcome applications: The following courses will be held again in 2014 at LSHTM.

External courses run by ICED

  • Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment. Location: Lima. Dates March 10-14, 2014
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