February 2017: 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 February edition of the ICED newsletter.
 
In January, we released the results of our study in Guatemala to assess the impact of both hearing impairment and the uptake of hearing aids in people’s lives. This study was funded by WWHearing. The study showed a relationship between hearing impairment and poverty, mental health and quality of life, and that these impacts could be ameliorated through the provision of hearing aids. Read the full report: here.
 
Last week, we launched the study on “Social and Economic Impact of Congenital Zika Syndrome” in Recife Brazil. This study will use both qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as economic modelling to assess the impact of having a baby with Congenital Zika Syndrome, at the level of the family and the community. The study will run over the next 12 months and we aim that the findings will be used in advocacy and to develop appropriate support interventions.
 
We are increasing our activities with other Centres in the School. On February 9 we are excited to host a seminar together with the Centre for History in Public Health on “Disability Goes Global: The Repercussions of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) for Global Health” by Monika Baar from Leiden university. More details here.  We also welcome the start of the free online course “Discover the health needs of those affected by humanitarian crises, challenges of delivering healthcare, and what we must do next.” This course includes a section on inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian crises and starts 6 Feb. You can register here.

We have now confirmed that the dates of the Symposium on Disability in Hyderabad India will be November 27-28, 2017. This Symposium is hosted together with the Public Health Foundation of India. We are finalising the details of the title and topics for abstracts and will circulate these soon. Please let us know if you or your organization would like to partner us with these plans.
 
Finally, we are looking forward to the start of our course on “Global Disability and Health” on February 23 and thank all the lecturers who will contribute to this series.
 
Thank you,
 
Hannah and Allen
 
 
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Publications and presentations

We published the results of our survey of hearing impairment in Cameroon in Tropical Medicine and International Health last month. We found that the overall prevalence of hearing impairment was 3.6% across the 3,567 sampled in North West Cameroon. Most of the cases of hearing impairment were treatable, with impacted wax playing a major role. This paper reinforces the need for scaling up of ENT treatment services in Africa, and was based on work funded by CBM. Find the paper here.
 
We also released the results of our study in Guatemala to assess the impact of hearing impairment and the uptake of hearing aids in people’s lives. This study was funded by WWHearing. We found that people with hearing impairments were poorer, and had more depressive symptoms and lower quality of life than their neighbours without hearing loss. After people had received hearing aids there was an improvement in quality of life and decline in depressive symptoms. Read the full report: here.

Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

ICED Disability Seminar Series 2016 - 2017

  • Thursday February 9, 12:45-14:00. Keppel Street, LG6. “Disability Goes Global: The Repercussions of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) for Global Health” by Monika Baar from Leiden university. Joint seminar with the Centre for History in Public Health. More details here
  • Thursday March 2, 12:45 “Evaluating Impact: A Parent empowerment training programme for children with disabilities” Given by Maria Zuurmond and Sarah Polack, at LSHTM (room to be confirmed)
     
The audio with powerpoint of past seminars are available on our website: http://disabilitycentre.lshtm.ac.uk/disability-seminar-series/


Other events at LSHTM

  • MARCH is hosting a film and panel discussion on February 23 at 19:00. The film is The New Man by Josh Appignanesi and Devorah Baum. It focuses on life, death, pregnancy, fertility, stillbirth and what it means to be a parent. The film includes a cameo by ICED’s Hannah Kuper, who will also be on the panel discussion. For more on the film look here: www.thenewmanmovie.com

Courses at LSHTM

  • ICED’s study unit on Global Disability and Health will run from 23 February – 24 March 2017. More info here. It is a 5 week course, held on Thursdays and Fridays, and is open to participants outside of LSHTM. For more information, please contact disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.

Free online course on Health in Humanitarian Crises

  • Still time to join! Discover the health needs of those affected by humanitarian crises, challenges of delivering healthcare, and what we must do next. Join now, starts 6 Feb. You can register 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.

Symposium on Global Disability in Hyderabad, November 2017
  • November 27/28, 2017 A date for your diaries – we will be working with the Public Health Foundation of India to host a Symposium on Global Disability in Hyderabad, India, in November 2017. The topics will be released soon. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in the planning or in attending.

Upcoming Conferences

  • Nordic Network on Disability Research 14th Research Conference. Örebro, Sweden, May 3-5, 2017. More info here.
  • Second International Developmental Pediatrics Association Congress. Mumbai, India, 7-10 December 2017. More info here: http://idpacongress.org/
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?

  • A new book is out! Disability in the Global South: The Critical Handbook. Edited by: Shaun Grech and Karen Soldatic. This first-of-its kind volume spans the breadth of disability research and practice specifically focusing on the global South. More information here.
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