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Introducing Ubuntu: a new approach to supporting families and children with disabilities

Survive, Thrive, Transform: These words form the three pillars of the Global Strategy for the health of Women, Children and Adolescents towards 2030 and the SDGs.  What does it mean to truly leave no one behind? Where are the gaps and opportunities to ensuring that families and children with disabilities are indeed thriving? What can we learn from survivors of newborn conditions and responses to ZIKA?  ICED and MARCH have a strong track record of collaboration in research on supporting children to thrive.

Join us as we launch “Ubuntu” on 26 March, and work together with families of children with disabilities to address the thrive and transform agenda. Ubuntu is the concept of common humanity, of oneness: "I am because we are."  A panel including researchers and parents and audience discussion will debate innovative approaches that aim to support affected families to improve health and well-being of children and their carers.  The event will include a drinks reception.

Tracey Smythe is a Research Fellow in Global Health and Child Disability with ICED, and Paediatric Physiotherapist. Tracey’s work focusses on mixed methods research using participatory research tools and operational research with families and children with disabilities, most recently in Brazil and Colombia with families affected by ZIKA.

Cally Tann is an Associate Professor in Child Health & Development at LSHTM’s MARCH Centre and a Consultant Neonatologist at UCLH. Her research interests focus on global new-born health and early childhood outcomes and interventions in low and mid-resource settings. She leads studies developing and evaluating early intervention strategies for young children with developmental disability in Africa.


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