Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities! We are celebrating the day in a number of ways:
- The sixth run of ICED’s MOOC Global Health and Disability begins this week. As a reminder, this course runs over 3 weeks, with about 3-4 learning hours per week. It is free to join, and over 9000 learners have joined the course across previous five runs. Register here and please circulate widely!
- Hannah Kuper will take part in the SciDev debate "How can developing countries unlock disabilities data and research?", together with Ola Abu Alghaib, Dan Month, Elena Schmidt, Asim Zafar and Lorraine Wappling. The debate starts at 2 p.m., December 3. Please sign up and join!
- Tom Shakespeare is running a webinar debate (to a closed audience) on how to maximise the participation of people with dementia in research. He is also taking part in events at the Department for Transport and DFID.
- Maria Zuurmond is taking part in a seminar at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, which aims not only to celebrate International Day of Disabled People, but also seeks to grow interest in Disability at IDS, University of Sussex, and beyond.
- For the Portuguese speakers among you, together with Fiocruz Brasilia we are launching a new free online course on Integrated Healthcare for Children with Developmental Disabilities, tomorrow in Brazil.
We have launched our new PhD programme for researchers with disabilities, with applications open for the University of Zambia and Makerere University, and the Kenya scheme due to launch soon. Look here for more information and application details and please share very widely! Please note, that this scheme is restricted to African students with disabilities, who have already completed a Masters degree, and are able to work full-time on the PhD. The deadline is fast approaching… so please help us by circulating the link and, of course, by applying for those eligible!
Jane Wilbur has been working with Wateraid on the Bishesta campaign, which is an intervention to improve menstrual hygiene management for people with intellectual disabilities. It was originally designed in Nepal. The finalised campaign materials are available now here. The web page includes the facilitator’s training agenda, guidance, powerpoints, ToRs; artwork for all campaign components and specifications for printing; the campaign manual, flash cards for facilitators, training visuals and the process monitoring forms.
Thank you to everyone who joined the conference on Evidence in Disability last month at LSHTM. For those of you who missed it, plenary presentations and abstracts are now available online.
We are also delighted to welcome Dr Robin Youngs, who has become an honorary Associate Professor at ICED. Dr Youngs is an ENT consultant, with extensive experience working in Asia as well as the UK. He will help us to build up our hearing-related work further, such as by supporting the development of survey methods to estimate the prevalence and causes of hearing loss.
This is the last newsletter of the year. I wish you a relaxing and enjoyable holiday, and hope that you are able to switch off and enjoy. And please read on for more news on our projects, events and publications!
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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PENDA is a major ICED project, funded by DFID, aiming to increase evidence to support disability inclusive development. We will focus on developing people, knowledge and tools.
Some updates on PENDA this month:
- … launching our PhD scheme in Zambia and Uganda
- … finalising the plans for the impact evaluations
- … making plans to visit India and Bangladesh in January
- … collaborating with partners on ongoing fieldwork in India and Malawi within the DeWorm Study
- … planning webinar series for launch in early 2020
Islay Mactaggart and colleagues published “A Case Control Study of Musculoskeletal Impairment (MSI): association with socio-economic status, time use and quality of life in Myanmar” in BMC Public Health this month. The study showed that people with MSI had lower quality of life, were at greater risk of catastrophic health expenditure and more likely to have an income gap than people without MSI.
Tom Shakespeare was part of a team that published “Performance management: a qualitative study of relational boundaries in personal assistance.” In Sociology of Health and Illness this month. The paper explored the nature of Personal Assistance relationships, and how both parties manage interpersonal challenges, using data from 59 interviews conducted in the UK.
Tom Shakespeare also wrote the Provocation paper “Disabled Children Do Not Have Rights” for the British Academy this month, aiming to trigger thought and debate.
Tess Bright was an author on the paper “Prevalence and service assessment of cataract in Tibetan areas of Sichuan Province, China: population-based study.” in BMJ Open this month. The paper showed that the prevalence of visual loss from cataract was low in this area of China, attributed to the high cataract surgical coverage, but that surgical outcomes remained a challenge.
Upcoming Seminars and Events by LSHTM
And external to LSHTM
- 5 December, 5-7p.m., Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. A seminar to celebrate International Day of Disabled People and growing interest in Disability at IDS, University of Sussex, and beyond.
- 6 December, 15:00-16:00 (Central European Time). Webinar by Humanity & Inclusion “Making the case for Rehabilitation in Universal Health Coverage”. Please register by 4th December via this link: https://forms.gle/tqSFsfudbWp39tur9
- 29 January. The Hague, Netherlands. Conference - Pushing boundaries in advocacy for inclusion. Hosted by the Liliane Foundation, the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development, and the African Studies Center Leiden.
- 12 - 13 February. CaNDER event - “Pathways to inclusive and equitable quality education for people with disabilities. Cross-context conversations and mutual learning". University of Gotteburg, Sweden.
- 9 - 20 March. Epidemiology & Statistics for Mental Health Research. IoPPN, King’s College London
You can find all our previous seminars (including the audio recordings and slides) here.