January 2016: News and events from the ICED
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International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Dear all,
Happy New Year! And welcome to the January newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.

We are busy finalising the programme for the International Symposium on “Disability in the SDGs: Forming Alliances and Building Evidence for the 2030 Agenda” to be held at LSHTM on February 18 and 19, 2016, co-hosted with CBM, ICRC, Handicap International and Sightsavers. We were overwhelmed to receive almost 100 abstracts, and it is certain to be a fascinating event! Registration is on a first come first served basis, and places are going fast, so please do remember to sign up for the event. Registration is here.

During December, Professor Andrew Smith and colleagues successfully ran the Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment course in Islamabad. Allen Foster and Hannah Kuper also greatly enjoyed taking part in the WHO expert consultation on functioning and disability measurement.

We look forward to new friendships, collaborations and endeavours during 2016.

Best wishes,

Hannah Kuper and Allen Foster
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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Publications, presentations and ICED in the news

Hannah Kuper wrote her December column for SciDev on the importance of monitoring congenital abnormalities, in the light of the epidemic of microencephaly in Brazil following the Zika virus. Read column here.
Columns by both Hannah Kuper and Islay Mactaggart were featured in the “Best of 2015” summary of SciDev. “Best of 2015” summary located here.

Islay Mactaggart and colleagues demonstrated that people with disabilities were significantly more likely to report a serious health problem in the last year compared to peers without disabilities in both India (OR = 3.2, 95% CI 2.1-4.8) and Cameroon (OR = 1.9, 1.4-2.7). The vast majority of people sought care when seriously ill, and this did not vary between those with and without disabilities. Awareness and use of rehabilitation services was extremely low in both Cameroon and India. The publication is in Disability and Rehabilitation. Publication available here.

Our study by Hannah Kuper and colleagues in Turkana, Kenya, found that children with disabilities were particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, even within this area of food insecurity and widespread malnutrition. Efforts need to be made to include children with disabilities within food supplementation programmes, and school based programmes alone may be inadequate to meet this need. Exclusion of children with disabilities from education was also a priority area to be addressed.  The publication is in PloS One located here.

A survey in Hyderabad, India, conducted by GVS Murthy and colleagues found that one in six children reported a road traffic injury in the past 12 months during school journeys. Injury prevention interventions should focus on making walking and cycling safer for children. The publication is in Injury Prevention located here.

Finally, Clare Gilbert and GVS Murthy reflected on the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals for eye health research. The publication is in Ophthalmic Epidemiology located here.
Remembering Jeroen Ensink

We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the fatal attack on our friend and LSHTM colleague Dr Jeroen Ensink during the Christmas period. Jeroen was a kind and warm man, passionately committed to improving Water and Sanitation facilities in low income countries, and supportive of our work on disability.  He will be remembered especially by the many students who he supervised as course director. A memorial service is being planned and a fund will be set up in his name.

Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

We are currently finalising our Disability Seminar Series schedule for 2016 and will share these shortly.

Audio/slides from our last seminars are available online for our two recent seminars (from 5th Nov and 18th Nov 2015). Video and slides from the 3rd Dec seminar is also available:
  • 5th Nov 2015: Keeping and Finding Families: inclusive social services for vulnerable young children in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Speaker: Jonathan Watkins, HealthProm. Listen to audio and view slides here.
  • 18th Nov 2015: Student Experiences: Why Include Disability in Your Research and How to Do it. Panel of former and current MSc and PhD students. Listen to audio and view slides here.
  • 3rd December 2015: Inclusion Matters: So why is disability-inclusive WASH a neglected priority? With Sian White and Islay Mactaggart, LSHTM. Watch video and slides 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: disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.

Upcoming Conferences

Our International Symposium “Disability in the SDGs: Forming Alliances and Building Evidence for the 2030 Agenda” will be held at LSHTM (London, UK), February 18 & 19, 2016.

This event is being co-hosted with CBM, ICRC, Handicap International and Sightsavers.

The two-day symposium seeks to bring together researchers, activists and practitioners to discuss new research findings and debate academic and policy issues related to Global Disability, Health and Development. The objective of the symposium is to form alliances, build evidence and maintain momentum in the field of global disability and development.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend lectures, network and contribute to oral and poster presentations.

Fees: None
Register for the conference here

Other Conferences

  • 1st Annual World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference – 2016 (WDRC 2016) “A Spectrum of Opportunities: Overcoming Disability & Its Challenges. Colombo (Sri Lanka), 26-28 January, 2016. More info here.
  • 18th International Conference on Disability and Diversity. London (UK), 25-26 February, 2016. More info here.
  • Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. Hawaii, 25-26 April, 2016. More info here.
  • Lancaster: Disability Studies Conference 6-8 September, 2016. More info here.


Our Study unit on Global Disability and Health will run on Thursdays and Fridays, from February 25-March 24. It is available to MSc and PhD students in LSHTM and external candidates. More info here.

The MSc Public Health for Eye Care at LSHTM is currently accepting applications! This course aims to provide eye health professionals with the public health knowledge and skills required to reduce blindness and visual disability in their setting. Early application is encouraged and we recommend applying by 1 March 2016 to be competitive with scholarships. However, applications are always considered until all places on the course have been filled. Entry Requirements: can be found here. Scholarships Available!: apply here.
The MSc in Global Mental Health at LSHTM is also accepting applications. More info here. A scholarship is available, and strong preference will be given to candidates from Low and Middle Income countries. The deadline for application is February 29, 2016. More info on scholarship here.
To Apply to either course!: LSHTM online application 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. http://disabilitycentre.lshtm.ac.uk/resources/

Have you seen this?

We are delighted that the NHS choir reached the number 1 spot this Christmas. View video here.

Also, the new edition of Disability and the Global South is available free online. View video here.
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