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Dr Islay Mactaggart

BA MA PhD

Assistant Professor
in Disability and Global Health, International Centre for Evidence in Disability/ International Centre for Eye Health

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490, South Courtyard

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
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+44 (0) 20 7958 8334

Islay Mactaggart is an Assistant Professor in Disability and Global Health at the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) and the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) at LSHTM.

Affiliations

Department of Clinical Research

Teaching

Alongside Prof. Hannah Kuper and Dorothy Boggs, Islay recently developed ICED's first MOOC (Massive Online Open Content) course on Global Health and Disability, which launched on the FutureLearn Platform in February 2018.

 Islay teaches on the following MSc modules:

 - Global Disability and Health

- Research Skills for Field Research

- Non Communable Eye Diseases

 Islay is the co-supervisor of Tess Bright, a staff doctoral candidate researching rapid survey protocols for hearing loss prevalence data.

Research

Islay’s core research focus is on quantitative methodologies for measuring both the prevalence and the impact of impairment and disability in surveys and programs, with an emphasis on the development of modular mobile data collection and analysis tools and building the capacity of local stakeholders to design, implement and analyse their own disability surveys.

Islay is ICEH's lead in coordinating the Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey methodology, repository and community, including a new 2 year project with Peek Vision to rebuild RAAB as an end-to-end digital and cloud-based survey solution by the end of 2019. RAAB fieldwork is already underway in Palestine (2018), with further field tests planned for Zimbabwe (2018) and nested within the Gambia National Eye Health Survey (2019).

Alongside various research design, training and data analysis consulting roles, Islay has coordinated a number of international disability and eye health research projects at ICED/ICEH including:

-         2017 - 2018 Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Trials in India and Tanzania [data collection ongoing]

-         2016 National Survey of Disability in Guatemala [Reports

-         2015-2016 Measuring the Impact of Physical Rehabilitation Project in Myanmar [Report

-          2013-2014 Building the Evidence Base in Disability Project: Cameroon and India [Reports] [Article1] [Article2] [Article3]

-          2011-2012 The Child Disability Key Informant Project: Bangladesh and Pakistan [Report] [Article]

 Islay was also responsible for developing the Key Informant Working Guide  – a working guide for researchers and implementers wishing to use the Key Informant Approach to identifying children with disabilities in surveys and programs.

Islay represents ICED at the UNICEF Expert Group on Child Disability Measurement and the World Bank/CDC Washington Group on Disability Statistics. She has written several disability analysis blogs on SciDev.net and cbm.org (measuring disability article).

Islay has recently completed a Staff PhD based on her work on disability measurement - in particular the relationship between clinical impairment screening and reported activity limitations in population-based surveys. 

Research Area
Health inequalities
Behaviour change
Capacity strengthening
Equity
Evidence use
Global Health
Mobile technologies
Rehabilitation
Discipline
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Disability
Country
Australia
Bangladesh
Cameroon
Ethiopia
The Gambia
Guatemala
Haiti
India
Myanmar (Burma)
Pakistan
West Bank and Gaza
Sierra Leone
Thailand
Region
World

Selected Publications

Rationale and feasibility of a combined rapid assessment of avoidable blindness and hearing loss protocol.
Bright T; McCormick I; Phiri M; Mulwafu W; Burton M; Polack S; Mactaggart I; Yip JLY; Swanepoel DW; Kuper H
2020
PLOS ONE
Field test of the Rapid Assessment of Hearing Loss survey protocol in Ntcheu district, Malawi.
Bright T; Mulwafu W; Phiri M; Jiang F; Swanepoel DW; Kuper H; Mactaggart I; Yip JLY; Polack S
2020
International Journal of Audiology
Multidimensional poverty and disability: A case control study in India, Cameroon, and Guatemala.
Pinilla-Roncancio M; Mactaggart I; Kuper H; Dionicio C; Naber J; Murthy GVS; Polack S
2020
SSM - population health
Rationale for a Rapid Methodology to Assess the Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Population-Based Surveys.
Bright T; Mactaggart I; Kim M; Yip J; Kuper H; Polack S
2019
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Diagnostic accuracy of non-specialist versus specialist health workers in diagnosing hearing loss and ear disease in Malawi.
Bright T; Mulwafu W; Phiri M; Ensink RJH; Smith A; Yip J; Mactaggart I; Polack S
2019
Tropical Medicine and International Health
Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness: looking back, looking forward.
Mactaggart I; Limburg H; Bastawrous A; Burton MJ; Kuper H
2019
The British journal of ophthalmology
Effective refractive error coverage: an eye health indicator to measure progress towards universal health coverage.
McCormick I; Mactaggart I; Bastawrous A; Burton MJ; Ramke J
2019
Ophthalmic & physiological optics
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