May 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,
Welcome to the May newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.
The Call for Action from the International Symposium on “Disability in the SDGs: Forming Alliances and Building Evidence for the 2030 Agenda” has now been finalised and can be found here. Thanks to all who contributed to it.

We are also inviting contributions to a special edition of the Disability and the Global South Journal on “Disability in the Sustainable Development Goals: Critical Reflections”, following on from the Symposium, website here. We welcome papers on a range of topics highlighted in the call, and these should be submitted by 15 October, 2016.

This month we are welcoming Goli Hashemi who is joining ICED as a PhD student. She is an occupational therapist by training, and already has extensive research experience, with a particular interest in Community-Based Rehabilitation. We are also delighted to have Wendy Harris joining us on a research internship, helping with a range of projects. We are busy travelling this month - ICED team members are heading off to the four corners of the world, with visits planned to Guatemala, Vietnam, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, the Maldives and Geneva!

We are delighted that this year's "Women in Health" lecture on “Why women are central to conflict resolution and humanitarianism” by Baroness Valerie Amos will be British Sign Language interpreted. Join us there on Wednesday May 25, at 5:30pm at LSHTM. Register here.
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

Our report on “Community-Based Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities” is now published through 3ie, written by Valentina Iemmi and a range of ICED colleagues and partners. Report here. The report describes the rationale behind Community-Based Rehabilitation and reviews the evidence for its effectiveness.

ICED doctoral student Antony Duttine has written a blog piece for the NCD Alliance on “Our fatal error: Are we looking at the right NCD outcomes”. In it he argues that outcomes should not only focus on death, but should also consider the broad impact that NCDs can have on people’s lives. Read blog here.

Clare Gilbert and colleagues reported the results of a qualitative study about glaucoma in Nigeria in BMC Ophthalmology. In the paper they describe the broad impact of visual loss in people’s lives, and the various barriers that people face when seeking care and in adhering to treatment. Report here.

Sarah Polack and Hannah Kuper were part of a team evaluating the impact of trichiasis surgery in people’s lives in Ethiopia in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. They showed that giving people surgery for trichiasis substantially improves their quality of life, regardless of any change in visual acuity. This effect is likely due to the reduction in pain that happens after the surgery. Article here.

Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

ICED Disability Seminar Series 2015 - 2016

  • Tracey Smythe, ICED doctoral student, will be presenting on "Evidence to improve Clubfoot services in Africa with Zimbabwe as a case study" on Friday May 13, 12:45pm, LSHTM Lucas Room.
  • Audio and powerpoint slides are now available for our April seminar on “Are humanitarian response inclusive of people with disabilities”. Audio/slides available here.

Other LSHTM Events

  • This year's "Women in Health" lecture on “Why women are central to conflict resolution and humanitarianism” will be given by Baroness Valerie Amos on Wednesday May 25, at 5:30pm at LSHTM. It will be British Sign Language interpreted. Register here.

Courses at LSHTM

  • International Eye Health, 4-8 July, 2016. This five-day course is intended for ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses and programme managers interested in strategies to reduce diseases leading to visual impairment with an emphasis on middle and low income settings. Visit the website here.
  • 2016 Summer School & 2nd Global Mental Health Conference is held 15-20 August, 2016. More information here.
  • Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: from research to policy is a short course being run by the School's Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases 22-26 August, 2016. To learn more about this short course and to register your place please read the attached brochure and visit the website 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:

Upcoming Conferences

  • Disability and Global Health: Implications for Rehabilitation. 23-25 June, Bergen, Norway. More information here.
  • Lancaster: Disability Studies Conference 6-8 September, 2016.Register here.
  • Leave No D/deaf Child Behind. 21 September, 2016. Hosted by DeafKidz International. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London. More information here.
  • Second World CBR Congress, 27-29 September, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Call for abstracts now open! More information here.
  • Global Equality & Diversity Conference 2016. 23 November, London. More information here.
  • “Include us! Enabling the Right to Education for Girls, Boys and Youth with Disabilities”. Global Conference by Plan International’s Disability Inclusion Working Group. 6-8 December, Kathmandu, Nepal. More information here. For further information contact
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.

Other items to note

Millions Saved is a project led by the Center for Global Development which showcases “New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health”. Well worth looking through here.

Seven Steps Guide towards a Mentally Healthy Organisation was launched during the World Bank/WHO “Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority” meeting. More information here.

Have you seen this?

Fantastic Ted-education talk by ICED partners Andrew Bastawrous and Clare Gilbert on “How do glasses help us see?”. Watch video here.

We are getting ready for the 10th birthday of the CRPD. Watch this clip where members of the Committee talk about the impact of the convention and the challenges that still remain. Watch video here.
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