International Centre for Evidence in Disability
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dear all,
Welcome to the December newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED). Please share it with your colleagues and let us know about items you would like included in future newsletters.  You can now also keep in touch with us on Twitter @ICED_LSHTM.

Hannah Kuper and Allen Foster
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Tuesday December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme is: “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all” To observe the day you can Include, Organize, Celebrate and Take Action. Look here for more ideas and information.

ICED research news

We have completed the fieldwork for our Childhood Disability Survey in Malawi, conducted through case finding using the Key Informant Method. We successfully screened 6,597 children during 31 camps over 3 months. Data entry is in progress and we are looking forward to releasing the findings early in the New Year. 

We have worked with Plan International to undertake a large-scale statistical analysis to assess the challenges faced by children with disabilities included in their sponsorship programme. The analyses included more than 900,000 children across 30 countries, of whom 8,900 were considered by their caregiver to have a disability.  The compelling findings show that improved emphasis is needed to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities and to meet their needs, particularly their health and education. The results will be launched on December 3rd at Plan UK, and will be available on our website.

LSHTM research on disability

The British Sexual Health Survey published in the Lancet demonstrated that both men and women reporting disabilities or long-term health conditions were twice as likely to have experienced non-volitional sex.

A major systematic review of the evidence on prematurity, led by LSHTM, present the first systematic estimates of disability in preterm babies. Worldwide, of the 15.1 million preterm babies, 13 million survived beyond the first month of life. Of the survivors, 345,000 (2.7%) had moderate or severe impairment and 567,000 (4.4 %) had mild impairment. The highlights of the forthcoming publications in Pediatric Research are described in an editorial for the journal and on the LSHTM website.

The new edition of the Community Eye Health Journal is available online, addressing topics related to “Balancing the Books” . 

Inquiry into disability and development

MPs announce a new inquiry into Disability and Development. The Committee invites written submissions from interested organisations and individuals. The Committee would particularly welcome evidence from disabled people. The deadline for submissions is Friday December 13th 2013. More information

ICED seminars

‘Controversies in the Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)’ 
Dr. Lenny Jason, Director of the Center for Community Research at DePaul University, Chicago. Tuesday December 3rd 2013: 12pm, Franklin Room, LSHTM. More information.

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the seminar on “HIV & Disability” planned for December 3rd 2013: 5.30pm - 7pm in LG8 followed by drinks reception until January due to strike action at LSHTM.

External events of interest

UCL Leonard Cheshire Centre Disability and Inclusive Development Centre: 
  • December 17th 2013: (Dis)ability and Disaster, Dr Ilan Kelman and Professor Laura Stough. More information and registration
  • January 14th 2014: 'My friends are my anchors' : reflections on friendship and identity from adults and adolescents who live with communication disability Dr Mary Wickenden, Dr Katie Caryer, Carole Pound and Jasvinder Khosa. More information and registration

International conference on Evidence in Global Disability and Health

Abstract submission is still open. Please contact us if you would like to host a workshop or talk at this conference:
Date: February 22nd - 23rd 2014
Location: Hyderabad, India
Hosted by: Public Health Foundation of India and ICED    
More information about this conference

Forthcoming courses

For more information about any of the following courses please contact us at
  • Global Disability and Health. Public Health Foundation of India. Location: Hyderabad. Dates: February 24th - 28th 2014.
  • LSHTM Hearing courses. The short course Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment is scheduled to run for the first time in Nairobi February 10th - 14th 2014, and in Lim, March 10th - 14th 2014.  The course in Lima will be the first time we have delivered the course in a language other than English.  In addition to Nairobi and Lima, the course will also run as in previous years in London (June), Hyderabad (September) and Cape Town (October). 
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