December 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 December newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability. It’s hard to believe that it is already December, and nearly the end of the year!
We are immensely proud that the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been awarded the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) ‘University of the Year’ award for 2016. - See more here. This award is in recognition of LSHTM’s central involvement in the Ebola response. Our end of year seminar on Dec 6 will celebrate this achievement and discuss “Ebola and Disability: What are the long term implications” with an excellent panel of speakers . Come and join us for the seminar and a Christmas drink to follow. More information here.
The Ebola seminar is part of our activities to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which are going on all over the world. Hannah Kuper will be visiting Malaysia and Indonesia, where she will present on the “Economic Costs of Exclusion and Gains of Inclusion of People with Disabilities” report: report located here.  Morgon Banks will be helping to launch the CBM publication “Inclusion Counts: The Economic Case for Disability-Inclusive Development”, of which she is a co-author, at the European Parliament on December 7. Islay Mactaggart is attending the 16th Meeting of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics in Pretoria, South Africa where she will be sharing general updates from ICED on our use of the WG tools and presenting data on behalf of the WG mental health working group. ICED is also helping to disseminate the findings in Ghana of our recently completed evaluation of the “Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy Manual”: manual located here.

We will see some new and some returning faces in 2017. Jane Wilbur, from Wateraid, will be joining us for one year to work on menstrual hygiene management among women with disabilities in Nepal. Suresh Kumar, a former PhD student of ICED, will be collaborating further with us in order to test the impact of his Smartphone rehabilitation package to support people post stroke in India: more information here. We are excited to have them both in our team.

Best wishes,

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

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Publications and presentations

Andrew Bastawrous, Hannah Kuper and colleagues published a paper in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science showing that are 92,000 new cases of VI in people aged ≥50 years per year, of whom 11,600 are blind, out of a total population of approximately 4.3 million people aged 50 and above: article located here. These figures are considerably higher than in comparable studies worldwide and highlight the importance of advocating for more services including for rehabilitation.

Hannah Kuper wrote a blog on the babies affected by Zika in the online “The Conversation”: blog located here. In this commentary, she reflects on her recent visit to Brazil and highlights the need to provide more support to these babies, and their families.

Also published this month is the chapter by Hannah Kuper and Joerg Weber on “Conceptualizing Disability” within the book “Occupational Therapies Without Borders”, edited by Dikaios Sakellariou and Nick Pollard: publication located here.
We are all aware of the importance of consulting with people with disabilities in all aspects of our work. Morgon Banks and Hannah Kuper have worked together with Plan International to produce a booklet of practical guidance on how to consult with children with disabilities: booklet located here.
Finally, the CBM supported Community Ear and Hearing Health Journal, produced through ICED, is now available in Spanish: Spanish Journal located here.

Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

ICED Disability Seminar Series 2016 - 2017

  • 6 December @ 5:30pm - 7pm: Ebola and Disability: What are the long term implications? Speakers: Judith Glynn, Samantha Roper, Tim Colbourn. More information here.
  • 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
The audio with powerpoint of past seminars are available on our website:

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
  • Free online course on Health in Humanitarian Crises: Discover the health needs of those affected by humanitarian crises, challenges of delivering healthcare, and what we must do next. Join now, starts 6 Feb. 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:

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

  • “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
  • Nordic Network on Disability Research 14th Research Conference. Örebro, Sweden, May 3-5, 2017. More info here

Other items of note

Collaborators in the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) have just published an open access paper in the journal Globalization & Health, illustrating how Assistive Products/Technology are relevant to the achievement of each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The aim is that this conceptual and evidence-based paper will serve as an important advocacy tool for civil society, an illustration of good practices for government, and as a stimulus for further research and service innovation across the many sectors that are relevant to the UNCRPD’s commitment to promoting access to assistive technologies. More information here.

External seminars

  • 13 December, 1pm - 2pm.  Venue: Rhind building D, City University. Hannah Kuper will be presenting at City University on “Disability and Poverty – What is the Link?”: More information here.
  • 13 December, 5pm - 6:30pm, UCL. Dr Barbara LeRoy and Marcella Deluca will present: PISA 2012 and Students with Special Educational Needs: Findings and Policy Recommendations: RSVP here.

Have you seen this?

  • Today is World Aid’s Day. Watch this video “Zambia: People with Disabilities Left Behind in HIV Response”: view video here.
  • Also – in honour of Panda’s no longer being on the endangered animal list, watch this live feed of Panda’s in China: view video here.
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