July 2014: 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 July newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED). Summer (in the UK) is finally here!

Our summer event is held on July 8 which features a talk by David Constantine – co-founder of Motivation and Guardian International Development Achievement Award – on “Disability – Reinventing the Wheel.” The talk is 5:30pm in the Manson theatre of LSHTM. There will be drinks and nibbles following the talk, providing a chance to catch up. Do come and join us. Register now through Eventbrite 
The International Development Select committee published the Disability and Development Inquiry report. We are delighted with the report’s recommendations for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to include disability more systematically throughout its development and humanitarian work.
We visited Kenya this month to disseminate the findings of our study showing the link between childhood disability and malnutrition in Turkana region. We also presented preliminary results of our study on the prevalence and types of childhood disability in Malawi, collected using the Key Informant Method, at the Liliane Foundation in Holland. The results of both these studies will be disseminated soon.
We are launching our Student Study to assess whether the needs of students with disabilities are adequately met at LSHTM. We are happy to share both the methods and results of our study if you would like to use these in your setting.
We are beginning to plan for our symposium on Global Disability and Health, to be held at LSHTM in September 2015. Details to follow over the coming months.
Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and let us know about items you would like included in future issues.  
You can also now follow us on Twitter @ICED_LSHTM.
Best wishes,

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


Publications from our group this month include an innovative pilot study to evaluate how eye care for children can be incorporated into reproductive and child health services in Dar-es-Salaam, by Clare Gilbert and colleagues. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6955/13/15
We have also published the description of our new cohort of eye disease among older people in Nakuru Kenya by Andrew Bastawrous and colleagues. This is the first of its kind in Africa, and will give important insights into the prevention of avoidable blindness in this region. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2415/14/60
Sarah Polack and Hannah Kuper provided a description of how provision of cataract surgery can improve quality of life and participation, as well as reduce poverty, among older people in low income settings. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4069780/ 

Other Items

Work Experience Programme
We have launched our work experience programme for students with disabilities seeking experience in research. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about joining our team in this capacity.

World Health Organization calls for input to the forthcoming Guidelines on health-related rehabilitation. The WHO has called for organisations and individuals from low and middle income countries to contribute case studies and personal experiences regarding heath-related rehabilitation. The Guidelines will contribute to implementation of the rehabilitation aspects of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the recently agreed WHO global disability action plan 2014-2021: Better health for all people with disability. Parameters for submitting case studies and personal stories can be found on the WHO website. Due date for submissions is 20 July 2014. The Guidelines will be released in 2015.


External events

Contribute to: “New inquiry launched: ‘What should the UK’s response be to the global mental health treatment gap?" Second session for oral evidence held on Monday July 7th. Some public places available: RSVP to jonty.roland@parliament.uk


  • Coalition for Global Hearing Health. St Catherine’s College Oxford. 25-26 July, 2014. Find out more.
  • AfriNEAD Symposium in Malawi “Intensifying disability research and practice to achieve the MDGs in Africa: our experience and aspirations for the future”. Mangochi, Malawi, 3-5 November, 2014. Find out more
  • Disability Studies Conference. Lancaster. 9-11 September, 2014. Find out more

Calls for papers

  • Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: Special Issue on Health and Disability. Call for papers - Deadline November 30, 2014. Submit papers online

Have you seen this?

Inspiration porn and the objectification of disability: Stella Young at TEDxSydney 2014. Watch it now on YouTube

Forthcoming courses

Our short course programme is finished for this academic year, but we look forward to starting again in the autumn. Details to follow
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