Septemeber 2014: 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 September newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED). We hope that you had a wonderful summer.
This month we are very pleased to launch the findings of our large study about childhood disability in Malawi. For this study we used case finding to identify children with disabilities in the community, and these children were subsequently invited to clinical examination at a central site. We used the results to estimate the prevalence and types of childhood disabilities in Malawi to support the development and planning of treatment and rehabilitation services: Link here. This study builds upon our work previously undertaken in Bangladesh and Pakistan, and contributes towards building our evidence on the prevalence and types of childhood disability. Link here.
We have launched the Online Community of Practice for people working with children with Cerebral Palsy. This is to support users of our “Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy” manual and to give a forum for them to share their experiences: Link here. Please join if this includes you.
We are making every effort to make all our research findings widely available, and have launched a new Resource webpage where you can find our key reports and manuals. The url link is:
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Best wishes,

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


Karl Blanchet and colleagues published a paper investigating how contextual and social network factors influence the sustainability of the rehabilitation sector in Nepal and Somaliland: Link here. Karl’s team also assessed the impact of human resource availability on the ability to reach targets of preventing avoidable blindness in sub-Saharan Africa in the following two papers. Paper 1 and Paper 2.
Professor GV Murthy contributed towards an investigation of the psychological well-being of parents and family caregivers of children with hearing impairment in South Africa. Link here.
Hannah Kuper and colleagues assessed the impact of anaemia on activities and disability among older people in Uganda. Link here.


Key Informant Child Disability Project Malawi

This month we launched our Malawi Key Informant Child Disability Project Study Reports – with both full and summary reports available. Link here. We screened 7,220 children identified in the community as potentially having a disability and estimated that the prevalence of impairments/epilepsy was 17 per 1000 children. Physical impairment was the dominant type (39%), followed by hearing impairment (27%), intellectual impairment (26%), epilepsy (22%) and visual impairment (4%). This study was funded by CBM, COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link, Cure International UK, Fight for Sight and the Liliane Foundation.

Other Items

Work Experience Programme

We have launched our work experience programme for people with disabilities seeking experience in research. Our first intern was an undergraduate and she spent six weeks with us and had a great time – she said “I was given the great opportunity of taking part in an internship at LSHTM. It has been a truly amazing experience, more than I ever imagined it could be. I have been able to make a real contribution, whilst learning many new skills. Everyone was helpful and friendly, which allowed me to fully appreciate the working environment.”

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about joining our team in this capacity:

External news and publications
Policy Guidelines on Rehabilitation Services for Individuals living with Disability - assessment of views and perspectives of stakeholders

The WHO is developing policy guidelines for rehabilitation services for individuals living with disabilities and the American University of Beirut are conducting a survey to better understand the views of stakeholders in relation to the feasibility and acceptability for those services, and the values assigned to the outcomes of the services. Link here.

Source Database

The latest resources have been added to the Source Database, including a focus on CRPD articles: Link here.

Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) – website launch

MHIN is a new online community of practice aiming to support researchers, practitioners, decision makers and advocates in global mental health and related fields. It includes three areas: innovations, resources and community. Access the free website here.


Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

  • 11-12 Sept, 2014 - International Society of Geographical and Epidemiological Ophthalmology - 23rd ISGEO Congress, John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSHTM. Register online now: here.
  • 19 September 2014, 12:45pm – 1:45pm. The Civilian Disabled: War and its role in the disability rights movement. Gareth Millward, Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM. Register online now: here.

External events

10 Sept, 2014: How to evaluate Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programmes – 42 experts reach consensus. Marie Grandisson (University of Ottowa) speaking at Institute of Child Health, UCL, 30 Guildford Street, 4-6. Link here.

17 September, 2014 - Getting hospital care right for people with intellectual disabilities – daylong seminar at Royal Society of Medicine. Link here.

UK Disability History Month

  • The theme this year is ‘War and Impairment: the social consequence of disablement’ to commemorate the centenary of the First World War the theme.
    Tuesday 19th November - launch event with drinks reception in evening at Unite the Union head office in central London.
    Saturday 6th December - one-day seminar on general disability equality. This will be held at the University of London Union in central London.


  • Disability Studies Conference. Lancaster. 9-11 September, 2014. Find out more here.
  • AfriNEAD Symposium in Malawi “Intensifying disability research and practice to achieve the MDGs in Africa: our experience and aspirations for the future”. Mangochi, Malawi, 3-5 November, 2014. Find out more here.
  • 5th CBR Africa Conference: “CBR Guidelines: A Bridge to Inclusive Society Beyond the 2015 Development Framework”, 17-21 November, 2014 Nairobi. Find out more here.
We are beginning to plan for our symposium on Global Disability and Health, to be held at LSHTM in autumn 2015. Details to follow over the coming months.

Calls for papers

  • Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: Special Issue on Health and Disability. Submit papers online. Call for papers - Deadline November 30, 2014. 

Have you seen this?

Fabulous informative 3 minute video by Scope on the Social Model and what it means to people: Link here. This is a great teaching resource.
And a wonderful TED talk on Building Inclusive Societies – Jennie Fenton and Kelly Norton. Link here.
Great infographic by WHO on the need for better health for people with disabilities: Link here.


Forthcoming courses

Our short course programme is finished for this academic year, but we look forward to starting again in the autumn. Details to follow.
The 2014/15 academic school year begins Monday the 29th of September, 2014. The LSHTM will welcome international students with an “International Student’s Welcome” on Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th of September.
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