October 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 October newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.
Like many working in disability and inclusive development, we were extremely pleased with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September. With multiple mentions of disability – including a call to disaggregate all national data by disability – the SDGs have made strides in encouraging more inclusive development actions. Read ICED’s recommendations to the UK Department for International Development on how to promote the mainstreaming of disability in implementing the SDGs: here.
Last month we hosted an advisory group for our project Evaluating the Impact of a Community-Based Parent Training Programme for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Ghana.  After analysing the project’s baseline data, malnutrition and feeding/drinking challenges are emerging as major issues. Maria Zuurmond will be travelling back to Ghana in early November for additional advisory group meetings and to conduct ongoing qualitative data collection. Check out our website in the following weeks for more updates on this and our other projects.
This month Morgon Banks travels to Malawi to collect data for a project with PLAN and the Gender and Violence Health Centre at LSHTM on Access for Children with Disabilities to Child Protection Programmes. The study will explore how community-based child protection programmes can be made more inclusive and effective at addressing and preventing violence against children with disabilities. Meanwhile, Mark Spreckley will be in Guatemala until mid-November, where he will be conducting a survey on the Impact of Hearing Impairment and the Provision of Hearing Aids.
It’s also the start of the new academic year for us and we are pleased to announce the launch of our 2015-2016 Disability Seminar Series. Information on events scheduled for Term 1 can be found below.
Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and let us know about items you would like included in future issues.  
Best wishes,

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

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Publications, presentations and ICED in the news

We are pleased to announce a new publication – Community-Based Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review – published in the Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews. The paper determined some positive impacts of community-based rehabilitation on the lives of people with physical and mental disabilities and their carers, but the limited evidence-base indicates a pressing need for further research. Read article: here.
In this month’s SciDev disability analysis blog, Islay Mactaggart explores the importance of mental healthcare in humanitarian crises. Read the blog post: here.
We are collaborating with Light for the World in Burkina Faso to support the translation of the Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy manual into French. This version will also include case studies from the Francophone region.  If you are interested in knowing more about this, or your organisation could help in any way, then please contact maria.zuurmond@lshtm.ac.uk.

Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

ICED Disability Seminar Series 2015 – 2016: We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2015-2016 Seminar Series. The following events have been scheduled for Term 1:
  • November 5th (12:45-2pm) Keeping and Finding Families: Inclusive Social Services for Vulnerable Young Children in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Speaker: Jonathan Watkins, HealthProm). Location: LG9, LSHTM.
  • November 18th (12:30-2pm) Student Experiences: Why Include Disability in Your Research and How To Do It (Panel of former and current MSc and PhD students). Location: LG9, LSHTM.
  • December 3rd (5:30-7pm, with reception to follow) Access and Barriers to Inclusive Development for People with Disabilities: Evidence from the WASH Sector (Sian White and Islay Mactaggart, LSHTM). Location: Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM.
The Centre for Global Mental Health will be hosting a film screening and panel discussion on October 9th for World Mental Health Day on Dignity and Independence: Re-imagining Ugandan Mental Health Care in the Post-Colonial Era. More details and registration: here.
The International Centre for Eye Health will be putting on a display in the lobby of LSHTM of the Centre’s work World Sight Day. The exhibit will run from October 7th for 3 months.

External Seminars and Events

Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment – SHORT COURSE: This short course, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from November 16-20, 2015, will provide an overview of the magnitude and causes of hearing impairment and explore public health approaches for developing hearing health programmes in developing countries. More information 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.


  • Disability in the SDGs: forming alliances and building evidence for the post - 2015 agenda 18th Feb 2016: Hosted by ICED, the conference will share evidence and best practice on disability inclusion in the post-2015 agenda. More details and registration: here.

External resources and courses

  • Dr. Shaun Grech has published his book Disability and Poverty in the Global South: Renegotiating Development in Guatemala as part of the new Palgrave Studies in Disability and International Development. More details about the Series: here.
  • CBM has released their new publication Dialogues on Sustainable Development: A Disability-Inclusive Perspective. More details: here.
  • Global Disabilities: A Surgical Care Mandate: New online graduate course from the University of British Columbia. More details: here.
  • MAITS, the international charity focused on capacity building for disability and Mental Health, has launched a new website with free access to a large number of resources and discussion forums. Register and access: here.

Have you seen this?

Make Listening Safe Educational Video: Students from the University of Washington’s Speech and Hearing Science Department have created a short educational video to complement the WHO Make Listening Safe Campaign. Watch it: here

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