Dr Sarah Polack


Associate Professor

3rd Floor, South Courtyard

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 20 7958 8343

+44 20 795 8317

I am an Associate Professor at LSHTM and a member of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability research group.  My current research focusses on 1) surveys of disability and impairments and 2) access to health and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in Low and Middle Income Countries 3) investigating the needs and experiences of older people with disabilities in humanitarian crises. 


Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research


Evidence on Disability


I am a Research Degree Coordinator for the Clinical Research Department. I currently supervise three PhD students: Joerg Weber PhD is exploring participatory evaluation for community based rehabilitation. Islay Mactaggart's research focusses on measurement of disability within surveys and equality of opportuinity for for people with disability in Cameroon and India. Tess Bright is investigating approaches to increase uptake of ear and hearing services for children in Malawi. I also supervise two Dr PH students. Phillip Sheppard is investigating experiences of older people with disabilities in humanitarian crises and Tim O'Fallon is exploring disability inclusive health care.

I organise and teach on the 'Epidemiology of Eye Diseases' study unit and teach on the 'Disability and Global Health' study unit and tutor students on the Public Health for Eye Care MSc.



I am a quantitative researcher working on a number of mixed methods research projects on disability in low and middle income countries. Current and recent research projects include:

- A collaborative  project with HelpAge International to investigate the specific needs and experiences of older people with disabilities in humanitarian crises.

- Developing interventions to improve uptake of ear and hearing services in Malawi

- National survey of Disability in Guatemala: population based prevalence survey with a nested case control study to assess the impact of disability on participation and access to services.

- Impact evaluation of a parent training resource for children with Cerebral Palsy in Ghana   

I am a member of the International centre for Evidence in Disability at LSHTM: 

Research Area
Child health
Health status measurement
Mobile technologies
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions

Selected Publications

Prevalence and causes of hearing impairment in Fundong Health District, North West Cameroon.
Ferrite, S. ; Mactaggart, I. ; Kuper, H. ; Oye, J. ; Polack, S. ;
Trop Med Int Health
Assessing health and rehabilitation needs of people with disabilities in Cameroon and India.
Mactaggart, I. ; Kuper, H. ; Murthy, G.V. ; Sagar, J. ; Oye, J. ; Polack, S. ;
Disabil Rehabil
Disability in post-earthquake Haiti: prevalence and inequality in access to services.
Danquah, L. ; Polack, S. ; Brus, A. ; Mactaggart, I. ; Houdon, C.P. ; Senia, P. ; Gallien, P. ; Kuper, H. ;
Disabil Rehabil
The Cost-Utility of Telemedicine to Screen for Diabetic Retinopathy in India
Rachapelle, S.; Legood, R.; Alavi, Y.; Lindfield, R.; Sharma, T.; Kuper, H.; Polack, S.
The impact of cataract surgery on activities and time-use: results from a longitudinal study in kenya, bangladesh and the Philippines.
Polack, S.; Eusebio, C.; Mathenge, W.; Wadud, Z.; Rashid, M.; Foster, A.; Kuper, H.;
PLoS One
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