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November 2020

Dear friends,

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

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:
  • 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)

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    MOOC 2020

    MOOC: Global Disability: Research and Evidence

    Our new the MOOC: Global Disability: Research and Evidence 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. This is a free online course which takes about 3-4 hours per week to complete for 3 weeks. Please sign up now

    If you’re a learner in a low income country, find out if you are eligible for a free upgrade and certificate on our course by visiting here.

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    Spanish Global Health and Disability MOOC

    Together with CES, our Spanish Global Health and Disability MOOC runs from 6 November to 13 December. Join to learn more about the importance of health & wellbeing of people with disabilities in the global development agenda. 

    Junto con la Universidad CES, nuestro MOOC de Salud Global y Discapacidad en español se llevará a cabo entre el 6 de noviembre y el 13 de diciembre. Una oportunidad para aprender más sobre la importancia de la salud y el bienestar de las personas con discapacidad en la agenda de desarrollo global.  

    Please sign up here!

    Spanish MOOC 2020
    Animated videos

    Animated videos on child development and developmental disability

    Download and use these animated videos from ICED on child developmental and developmental disability, with versions in English, Portuguese and Spanish. The first of these videos provides information on child development across different domains and considers how this process can be disrupted for some children. The second explores the challenges and barriers in the lives of people with a developmental disability, and how support strategies can help an individual better participate in their community. 

    Please use these videos in your own teaching, support groups or in any other forum, appropriately acknowledging the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    The videos are available in English, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish.

    View the English videos below:



    View the English videos with subtitles here:

    View the Portuguese (Brazil) videos with subtitles here:

    View the Spanish videos with subtitles here:


    Supporting Families Affected by the Zika virus



    Working with parent groups – a training resource for facilitators and caregivers

    These manuals (Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy, Juntos and ABAANA EIP) aim to increase knowledge and skills in caring for a child with developmental disabilities. Research highlighted the significant needs of the caregivers, and how they can gain a huge amount of support from meeting with each other in an understanding environment.

    It promotes a participatory learning approach with an emphasis on working with groups and the empowerment of parents and caregivers.

     Download the manual (in various languages)

    “Before, my family and people in my community used to say ‘this child’s suffering is a result of parent’s sin’. After taking the training I have explained what causes cerebral palsy to others. Now, no-one says anything like this.” 
    Parent, Sirajganj, Bangladesh

    Global community

    Children with developmental disabilities and their families

    Join a global community to share ideas, access the latest research, find solutions, meet new people and collaborate on innovative and exciting projects.


    Community Ear and Hearing Health Journal

    This annual publication promotes good ear and hearing health in low and middle-income countries.

    It's a forum for exchanging ideas, experience and information that facilitate continuing education for all levels of health worker. It is delivered to almost 4,000 healthcare providers worldwide. Some issues have been translated into French and Spanish.

    Read previous issues
    Press and resources

    Press articles and further reading

    Read articles on ICED activity in the international press and on Use disability resources from across the web.

    Read press articles on our work columns

    Further reading

    Partner groups at LSHTM

    Global disability groups

    Further reading

    • Handicap International SOURCE Resource depository: Large depository of materials related to disability and inclusive development, curated by HI.
    • Disability and the Global South: Open Access journal on critical disability thinking and perspectives from the Global South
    • UNICEF Disability Homepage: Collated United Nations reports, documents and videos related to disability (among both adults and children)
    • World Report on Disability: Developed by the WHO and World Bank. Source is an international online resource centre run by Handicap International. It is designed to strengthen the management, use and impact of information on disability and inclusion. 
    • WHO MiNDbank: an online platform which brings together a range of country and international resources, covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development. 

    Blogs and opinion pieces

    Short films about disabilities


    Global Health and Disability

    All files and contents in this folder are © LSHTM unless otherwise stated. You are welcome to reuse, adapt and share these files for non-commercial teaching and learning purposes without asking for permission. You must acknowledge the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, LSHTM as the original creator and provide a link to our website We would also very much appreciate hearing how you are using the content, please let us know at

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    Week 1: Disability and its importance to the global development agenda

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    Week 2: Health, wellbeing and disability

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    Week 3: Access to health care and rehabilitation services

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    Download individual resources

    Video: Welcome to the course

    Week 1: Disability and its importance to the global development agenda

    Video: Welcome to week 1

    Video & teaching slides: Why does disability matter globally?

    Video:  Why does disability matter – Personal perspectives

    Article: Why does disability matter – individual case studies

    Article: Why does disability matter to International Development? Part 1

    Article: Nothing about us without us

    Video: What does disability mean – personal perspectives

    Video: Attitudes to disability

    Video: What does disability mean – a framework

    Article: Measuring disability: Why would you want to and how do you do it?

    Video: What is the relationship between impairments and disability?

    Video: what are the common impairments related to disability?

    Article: Why does impairment matter?

    Video: Summary of week 1

    Week 2: Health, wellbeing and disability

    Video: Welcome to week 2