series event

Global Disability: What can we learn from Zika?

Zika hit the headlines in 2015 as thousands of children were born in Brazil with microcephaly and other abnormalities. This lecture will explore the impacts for the affected children and their families, and what it teaches us about disability more broadly.


About the speaker: 

Prof Hannah Kuper is the Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, a research group at LSHTM that works to expand the research and teaching activities of LSHTM in the field of global disability. Her main research interest is disability in low and middle income countries, with a particular focus on:

  1. Assessment of the prevalence of disability and impairments, including in children, and development of new methods in undertaking these surveys (e.g. use of mobile technologies).
  2. Investigation of the health and rehabilitation needs of people with disabilities, and how these can best be met in low resources settings.
  3. Research on the relationship between poverty and disability, and the potential role of social protection in breaking this cycle.


The lecture will be recorded by the multimedia team and made available on the LSHTM Vimeo website.



Please note that the main entrance of our Keppel Street building will close from Saturday 5 October until Monday 28 October for essential repairs. Alternative access will be provided on Malet Street, including an accessible route for visitors with a disability and wheelchair users. There will be signage to guide you to these entrances.


Open to all, seats available on first come, first served basis.