July 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 July newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.
This month we held our Steering Group meeting followed by our Summer Event, an evening seminar and drinks reception led by Dr Tom Shakespeare. Thanks to all who joined us for the event and especially to Dr. Shakespeare for his fantastic and well received talk. In case you missed it, you can find the audio-visual and transcript from the event: here.
This month we also began our new DFAT-funded project on the evaluation of disability inclusion in social protection programmes. The project, which follows on from our recent GIZ-commissioned research on this topic and the Disability and Social Protection Forum that we ran in March 2015, will run for eighteen months with Matthew Walsham and Karl Blanchet leading.
Training begins in July on the “Impact of physical rehabilitation on people with physical disabilities in Myanmar” project. Islay Mactaggart will spend the month in Yangon and Hpa-An training the project teams and pilot testing the mobile data entry application purpose-built for this project.
You may remember that we launched our MSc module unit on “Global Disability and Health” last semester. We’re really excited that as a result of this, we are currently supporting twelve LSHTM students on completing disability-themed summer projects. Several students will conduct desk-based secondary analyses of our existing data, whilst we will also support others in conducting primary disability data collection in Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe. We look forward to sharing their findings in due course.
We also look forward to welcoming back our colleague Sarah Polack who returns to ICED this month following her maternity leave. Sarah will spend the next few months catching up on current research projects including work on M & E for Community Based Rehabilitation.
Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and let us know about items you would like included in future issues.  
Best wishes,

International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Publications, presentations and ICED in the news

Our monthly disability analysis blog on SciDev focused this month on the long term implications for people disabled during natural disasters, and the simple ways in which better monitoring and surveillance can help. Link here.
The reports that we produced on “Undoing Inequity: inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene programmes that deliver for all” are now available on the SHARE website. These reports detail a Mid Term Review (MTR) of the impact of two Water and Sanitation programmes in Uganda and Zambia, with a focus on ensuring access for all. Read the Uganda report: here and the Zambia report: here.
Professor Andrew Smith, a member of ICED and Honorary Professor at LSHTM, is presenting “Hearing impairment as a cause of disability: evidence and research priorities” at the British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology (BACO 2015) in Liverpool on July 4th. More info: here.
ICED co-director Hannah Kuper co-authored a new paper in JAMA Ophthalmology with colleagues from our sister group the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) this month. The paper focuses on validation of the Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK) as a smart-phone based visual acuity test. PEEK has the potential to bring crucial ophthalmic screening and services to the community level, increasing access and limiting avoidable blindness. Read the full text: here.


Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

  • ICED Seminar Series 2015 – 2016: We are currently finalising our Seminar Schedule for the 2015-2016 academic year, and are happy to hear from members of the mailing list who are interested in presenting. If that includes you, please contact us on: disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.
  • How Modelling has helped understand and control Ebola Epidemics, 3rd July 2015: LSHTM Director Peter Piot is leading a lunch time seminar on the application of infectious disease modelling as part of the LSHTM-PHE short course. More details: here.

External Seminars and Events

  • BAICE Forum on Forming alliances in disability and development, University of Cambridge 16th July 2015: The latest event from the BAICE Forum on Education, Disability and Development, which aims to engage with issues relating to the education of children with disabilities in Southern contexts. More details and registration: 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.

External Jobs and Opportunities

  • Sense, a national charity supporting and campaigning for people who are deafblind or have sensory impairments, is seeking a Community Fundraising Officer for their Kings Cross headquarters. More information on applying: here.


  • International Conference on Global Disability and Health. 18 Feb 2016, LSHTM. 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. More information: here.

External resources and courses

A new paper has been published by  Eide et al. on “Perceived Barriers for Accessing Health Services among Individuals with Disability in Four African Countries”. The article, in Plos ONE, showed that lack of transport, availability of services, inadequate drgugs or equipment and cost are the four major barriers for access. Link to the full article: here.

Have you seen this?

Voices of Children With Disability: This collaborative project conducted by Deakin University, Save the Children and others includes powerful videos on the human rights priorities of children with disabilities in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Visit the project’s website: here.

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