We hope you are staying safe and well as these challenging times continue.
At ICED we continue to play a part in supporting efforts to tackle Covid-19 and ensure that the response is disability-inclusive: Morgon and Tom and colleagues are working with partners in Ghana, Zambia, Uganda, Bangladesh, India and with Syrian refugees in Turkey to chart their experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tom, Shaffa and Nat are meanwhile analysing evidence from disabled people in England regarding the pandemic here. We are also tendering out for an evaluation of the FCDO/Unilever Hygiene and Behavioural Change programme, again focussed on reducing transmission of the virus in LMICs.
We are very excited to welcome our new free Future Learn MOOC – Global Disability: Research and Evidence – which is launching on 30th November in time for the International Day for Persons With Disabilities on December 3rd. In this course, we will explore how to conduct and interpret findings from global disability research. Sign up to the course now. We feel this will be useful for activists, researchers, advocates and students, and we congratulate Tess, Georgie and the whole team, including guests, for contributing to a wonderful free resource.
Other ICED updates:
- Jane Wilbur and Islay Mactaggart were part of the team who published “Incontinence - We Need to Talk about Leaks”, the latest issue of Frontiers of Sanitation on the Sanitation Learning Hub. The document is a practical guide to supporting people living with incontinence, drawing on available evidence including the Vanuatu Water, Women and Disability conducted by ICED.
- Earlier in October, Tom Shakespeare and Islay Mactaggart participated in Leonard Cheshire’s Disability Data Chat on Twitter, in the lead up to the UN World Data Forum. You can read the full thread on twitter here. We should also mention that thanks to our friends at CBM, we now have two evidence briefs in Spanish, among more than a dozen others at the Disability Evidence Portal.
In other news, Nat Scherer and colleagues are currently working with Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children and CBM to develop guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) for children with hearing loss in the Gaza strip, for use in schools. In October, findings from formative research were discussed in a participatory workshop with D/deaf adults, teachers and parents in Gaza, in order to draft the content of the guidelines. Early next year, we will conduct a feasibility study and will have the final version ready to roll-out in August 2021.
We are very proud to be contributing to better services for disabled people.
With best wishes,
Tom and Sarah
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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PENDA is a major ICED project, funded by FCDO, aiming to increase evidence to support disability inclusive development. We will focus on developing people, knowledge and tools.
Some updates on PENDA this month...
- We’re excited to launch our new free MOOC - “Global Disability: Research and Evidence” – which will start on 30th November. We welcome learners who wants learn more and contribute towards research on disability. Sign up here, and please share through your networks!
- We are in the process of shortlisting for our second grant for the evaluation of hygiene and behaviour change COVID-19 projects. More news to follow later in the year.
- Research in Uganda is due to start shortly to evaluate the UKAID funded Ultra-Poor Graduation programme for people with disabilities.
- Take a look at the Disability Evidence Portal which includes evidence briefs about COVID and other thematic areas impacting the lives of people with disabilities. The Portal now has two briefs in Spanish, courtesy of our friends at CBM.
More publications this month from our group...
Shaffa Hameed, Tom Shakespeare and others published: “From words to actions: systematic review of interventions to promote sexual and reproductive health of persons with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries” in BMJ Global Health
Sarah Polack and Philip Sheppard contributed to a chapter on Safeguarding and Vulnerable Groups in the recently published “Handbook of Refugee Health: For Healthcare Professionals and Humanitarians Providing Care to Forced Migrants”
Dorothy Boggs, Sarah Polack, Hannah Kuper, Islay Mactaggart and colleagues published on “Estimating assistive product need in Cameroon and India: results of population-based surveys and comparison of self-report and clinical impairment assessment approaches” in Tropical Medicine and International Health
Upcoming Seminars and Events by LSHTM
You can find all our previous seminars (including the audio recordings and slides) here.
You can watch our recent webinars:
Juntos in Columbia is organising its first digital event for stakeholders and caregivers on November 18th, to review the successes and challenges of the Juntos programme so far, and discuss the future of the programme in light of the current global pandemic. The event will be hosted on Zoom, and feature two hours of speakers and presentations from both Columbia and Brazil, including a representative from the Columbian Health Ministry. To RSVP or for more information please contact Veronika Reichenberger.
Conferences external to LSHTM
- November 12-13, Social Policy and Disability Symposium, Fordham University, New York, USA. Call for papers is open until May 1. Email here.
- November 13-14. Global Mental Health: Today and Tomorrow, Generation Mental Health.
- November 30-December 3, 6th AfriNEAD conference, Cape Town, South Africa.
- Late 2020, 3rd CBR Congress, Entebbe, Uganda.
Other things of interest
- The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, the International Disability Alliance, World Blind Union and CBM held a side event at the virtual UN World Data Forum on “Persons with disabilities and COVID-19 data collection and disaggregation efforts”. You can watch the recording here, and download the new Disability Data Advocacy Toolkit developed by the same group here.
- The World Blind Union (WBU) and CBM Global Disability Inclusion have launched the new Accessibility GO! A Guide to Action. The guide provides practical support on how to deliver a wholistic organisational approach towards accessibility.
- Islay Mactaggart and Manjula Marella (Nossal) are guest editing an edition of IJERPH on “Measuring Disability and Disability-Inclusive Development”. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2021. Papers will be published online as soon as they are accepted so no need to wait for that deadline!
- CBM Global are seeking to recruit a new inclusive eye health director. Full appointment details are downloadable at: https://www.macaulaysearch.com/opportunities
- We are delighted to welcome to the world Eli Walter, son of our colleague Tess and her partner Daniel.
Have you seen this?
Our very own Veronika Reichenberger won a prize at the Verona film festival for her experimental film “Pregnant by choice” (2 minutes).
You can also see the participatory video she made with mothers of children with developmental disabilities in Colombia, on their experiences (6 minutes).
Our two animations are now online, explaining child development and developmental disabilities (2 minutes; 1 minute).
A great new film on SDG progress – the Global Picture. (8 minutes)