November 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 November newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability. 

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has received a major EU grant to investigate Zika, which includes assessing the social and economic impact by ICED. More information here. We are very interested in hearing about any ongoing initiatives to support the families of babies with Congenital Zika Syndrome. Please be in touch if you know of anything!

The evenings are dark, so come and join us to hear the lecture of Prof GVS Murthy, Professor of Public Health Eye Care & Disability at LSHTM. He will be talking about “Mind the Gap; Our Health is Everybody’s Business!” on Wednesday 23 November at 5.15 pm John Snow Lecture Theatre, followed by a drinks reception in the South Courtyard Café. 
 
We are starting to plan for our course on Global Disability and Health which will run from 23 February – 24 March 2017. More info here. This course is open to participants outside of LSHTM, so please let us know if you are interested in participating. For more information, please contact disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.

We are currently seeking support on database management for our National Survey of Disability in Guatemala. This is a short term one month opportunity, effective immediately, to gain experience in database management for epidemiological surveys. Contact islay.mactaggart@lshtm.ac.uk if interested in learning more.

Best wishes,

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

We are trying to get up to 1000 followers on Twitter – please follow us @ICED_LSHTM.
 

Publications and presentations

Islay Mactaggart and colleagues published the paper “Measuring disability in population based surveys: The interrelationship between clinical impairments and reported functional limitations in Cameroon and India.” in PLOS ONE this month. This paper concluded that tools to assess reported functional limitation alone are insufficient to identify all persons with participation restrictions and moderate or severe clinical impairments. A self-reported functional limitation tool followed by clinical screening of all those who report any level of difficulty would identify 94% of people with disabilities in Cameroon and 95% in India, meeting the study criteria. This methodology is now being trialed within the ongoing national survey of disability in Guatemala. Read the paper here.

Islay Mactaggart and colleagues also published the paper “Field testing a draft version of the UNICEF/Washington Group Module on child functioning and disability. Background, methodology and preliminary findings from Cameroon and India” this month in Alter. This paper showed that the tool generally worked well in the two countries. Read it here.

Fatima Kyari and colleagues demonstrated that people who are poor are more likely to become blind from glaucoma in Nigeria, in their paper “Ethnicity and Deprivation are Associated With Blindness Among Adults With Primary Glaucoma in Nigeria: Results From the Nigeria National Blindness and Visual Impairment Survey.” This provides further evidence of the bidirectional link between poverty and disability. The paper was published in the Journal of Glaucoma. Read it here.
 

Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

ICED Disability Seminar Series 2016 - 2017

  • Nov 17th @ 12:45pm. LG24, LSHTM Student Experiences: Why Include Disability in Your Research and How to Do It? More info here.
  • Nov 23 @ 5.15 pm. Prof GVS Murthy. Mind the Gap; Our Health is Everybody’s Business! John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSHTM.
  • Dec 6th @ 5:30 Ebola and Disability - a panel discussion on what we know, and what we don’t know.
  • Register your interest: “What exactly IS quality of life, and how do we measure it in a meaningful way?” – a brown-bag lunch debate with external speakers, to be determined. Register your interest by e-mailing us at disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk

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 Trachoma: Do you want to know more about eye diseases that can cause avoidable blindness? Join a free online open access course with our partners at the International Centre for Eye Health. 'Eliminating Trachoma' is now open and 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.

We are currently seeking support on database management for our National Survey of Disability in Guatemala. This is a short term one month opportunity, effective immediately, to gain experience in database management for epidemiological surveys. Contact islay.mactaggart@lshtm.ac.uk if interested in learning more.
 

Symposium on Global Disability in Hyderabad, November 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 exact dates and topics will be released soon. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in the planning or in attending.


Upcoming Conferences

  • Global Equality & Diversity Conference 2016. 23 November, London. More info 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 info here. For further information contact gillian.quinn@plan-international.org.
  • Nordic Network on Disability Research 14th Research Conference. Örebro, Sweden, May 3-5, 2017. More info here

Other items of note

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunities with Prof Mac MacLachlan at The Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin. Two projects are available:
  • Project 1: How can countries develop and implement effective National Assistive Technology Policies?
  • Project 2: How can government policies most effectively use and build on community level social innovations to enforce the SDGs for most discriminated groups?
Application deadline Nov 30, 2016. Further information on the call is available here or by contacting Prof MacLachlan (Malcolm.maclachlan@tcd.ie).

Two special issues of journals are calling for submissions:
  • Special issue of South Asian Water Studies on “Water justice, Gender and Disability.” Deadline extended to November 30, 2016. More info here
  • Disability and International Development. UN-CRPD after 10 years: Implementing equal rights and participation in the health sector under conditions of poverty. Deadline: 05.01.2017. More info 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.

Have you seen this?

  • Anis, an organization in Brazil, has produced a fabulous video on Zika – it’s a documentary about women. See it here.
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