February 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 February newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.
We are putting the final touches to our 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. This event is co-hosted with CBM, ICRC, Handicap International and Sightsavers. We are delighted with the high volume of registrations and are almost out of space, but you can still register here for the next few days: Register here.

The event will be live streamed for those of you who aren’t able to make it - please contact us for details.
We have a busy year ahead and are planning new fieldwork in Nepal, Vietnam, Guatemala, Malawi, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, as well as our ongoing projects in Ghana and Guatemala! 
We are very pleased to welcome our new research assistant Tess Bright to the ICED team. Tess is an audiologist by training, with lots of experience of working in Asia, and has recently completed her MSc at LSHTM.
We wish Islay Mactaggart the speediest of recoveries after breaking her leg while visiting with collaborators in Guatemala. We need her back soon!
Best wishes,

Hannah Kuper and Allen Foster
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
You can also follow us on Twitter @ICED_LSHTM.

Publications, presentations and ICED in the news

Hannah Kuper wrote her article in SciDev this month on the heightened vulnerability of children with disabilities to malnutrition, and how this is particularly important this year as El Nino is predicted to cause widespread food insecurity. Article here.
The new edition of the Community Ear and Hearing Health Journal has been published, produced by ICED. This issues focuses on “Testing small children’s hearing with little or no equipment”. Journal here.
ICED PhD Student Suresh Kumar published the methods of his formative research study for management of post-stroke disability for stroke survivors in India in BMJ Innovations. He aims to systematically develop an educational intervention, and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of delivering this intervention using Smartphones and with caregiver support. Article here.
A publication in Trials by GVS Murthy and colleagues describes the background, history and design of the ATTEND trial, a complex intervention centred on family-led stroke rehabilitation in India. Publication here.
Richard Bowman and Clare Gilbert and colleagues describe in British Journal of Ophthalmology how perceptual visual dysfunction is an important contributor in reducing quality of life in children with Cerebral Palsy in Bangladesh, independent of motor disability and acuity impairment. Article here.

Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

ICED Disability Seminar Series 2015 – 2016:
  • 10 February, 2016. Disability-inclusion in the workplace”. Speakers: Emmet de Monterey and Hilary Lowe. LSHTM, LG7, 12.45PM-1.45PM. RSVP here.

Audio/slides from are available online for our recent seminar: “Inclusion Matters: So why is disability-inclusive WASH a neglected priority?”. Speakers: Sian White and Islay Mactaggart. Audio/slides available here.

Other LSHTM Events

  • 22-23 February. Mental Health for Sustainable Development: The Role of International Non-Governmental Organisations. 22 Feb 4-6 (Parliamentary meeting); 23 Feb technical workshop (LSHTM) For more information, email mhin@lshtm.ac.uk

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.

Other Conferences

  • 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.
  • Leave No D/deaf Child Behind. 21 September, 2016. Hosted by DeafKidz International. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London. 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. Apply 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. Apply 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?

The University of Manchester is launching a FREE course on Deafness in the 21st century: Low and Middle Income countries. Launching 8th February 2016. View here.
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