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July 2021

I am delighted to announce that Tom Shakespeare has been awarded a CBE for his services to disability research. This prestigious award comes in recognition of his decades of hard work, collaboration, and innovation. I, and the rest of the ICED team, are grateful and delighted to work with him.
We are making the most of the scale-up of the online world to host and take part in many webinars. More than 300 people attended our seminar on June on “World Report on disability: 10 years on”. The recording is available online, for those of you who missed it, and Tom has written an accompanying blog. There was also a dissemination event of the key findings on the UKRI funded study of the impacts of COVID-19 in the lives of disabled people in England and Scotland.
Externally, the team has been busy giving presentations far and wide. Jane Wilbur joined the COSP side-event on Achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Menstrual Wellbeing for all, which included the launch of the UNICEF guidance note on inclusive menstrual hygiene. Calum Davey and Tom Shakespeare presented on Disability in the Pandemic for King’s College London.
Finally, congratulations to Suresh Kumar whose paper "Rehabilitation Needs of Stroke Survivors After Discharge From Hospital in India" was given the Most Downloaded Original Research Article Award by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. 
Read on, to learn about our papers, seminars and other news.

With best wishes,


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...

A new PENDA paper has been published on "The impact of the Lesotho Child Grant Programme in the lives of children and adults with disabilities: Disaggregated analysis of a community randomized controlled trial”. This paper shows that people with disabilities receiving the Child Grant Programme had some benefits, in terms of improved health indicators, but still experienced higher levels of deprivation compared to people without disabilities.

We have also registered the titles for three forthcoming Campbell reviews:

  • Effectiveness of interventions for improving social inclusion outcomes for people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review 

Ashrita Saran, Xanthe Hunt, Howard White, Hannah Kuper

  • Effectiveness of interventions for improving educational outcomes for people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review

Xanthe Hunt, Ashrita Saran, Howard White, Hannah Kuper

  • Effectiveness of interventions for improving empowerment for people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review

Xanthe Hunt, Ashrita Saran, Howard White, Hannah Kuper


New publications this month from our group...

Nat Scherer co-authored the publication on “Accountability for the Rights of People with Psychosocial Disabilities: An Assessment of Country Reports for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, published in Health and Human Rights Journal. The authors concluded that reporting quality varied, and that improving participation of people with psychosocial disabilities will improve state parties fulfilment of reporting obligations.
Nat Scherer, Islay Mactaggart and Jane Wilbur published “The Inclusion of Rights of People with Disabilities and Women and Girls in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Policy Documents and Programs of Bangladesh and Cambodia: Content Analysis Using EquiFrame” in IJEPRH.  They concluded that inadequate attention was given to disability within these policy documents and programs.
Dorothy Boggs and ICED team members published a paper “Estimating Need for Glasses and Hearing Aids in The Gambia: Results from a National Survey and Comparison of Clinical Impairment and Self-Report Assessment Approaches” among people aged 35+ in IJERPH. Overall, 6% of the study population needed reading glasses, 46% near glasses and 26% hearing aids. Coverage was very low (<4%), showing a great need to scale up services.
Josie Prynn and ICED team members wrote about “Disability among Older People: Analysis of Data from Disability Surveys in Six Low- and Middle-Income Countries” in IJERPH. The evidence showed that disability is common in older people, they may have difficulty participating in COVID-19 responses and experience high economic vulnerabilities.
Tom Shakespeare supported the analysis from nine countries of the former Soviet Union and showed that people with disabilities were more likely to experience psychological distress (Journal of Affective Disorders) and loneliness (Disability and Health Journal).

Other publications:

Upcoming Seminars and Events by LSHTM

You can find all our previous seminars (including the audio recordings and slides) here.

July 21/22, 2021, 10:00-13:00. Inclusive Employment and Participation. Join us on the 3rd anniversary of the Global Disability Summit to hear our panel of experts discuss the latest evidence about disability inclusive livelihoods and what works best to support people with disabilities. The event is hosted by the Disability Evidence Portal and International Centre for Evidence in Disability at LSHTM and SOURCE at Humanity & Inclusion. With contributions from the International Disability Alliance amongst others. 

July 7, 16:00-17:15. Historicising the social model of disability. Centre for History in Public Health at LSHTM. Beckie Rutherford.

Other things of interest

Website launched for Global Research on Developmental Disabilities Collaboration 

Special issues seeking papers

Consultants sought at UNICEF for forthcoming Evidence Gap Analysis

Have you seen this?

New video by EDF and CBM Global on Disability Inclusive Climate Justice (4 minutes or 17 minutes versions)
You Gotta Be Music Video Premiers Online –world-class international disabled artists from 9 countries brought together by True Colors Festival (5 minutes). 

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    MOOC May 2021

    MOOC: Global Disability: Research and Evidence

    MOOC 2021 pics
    Photo credit: © CBM


    The second run of our MOOC: Global Disability: Research and Evidence will be launching on 3rd May 2021. In this course, we explored 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 see more here


    COVID-19 Support and Guidance

    The  situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing. We have gathered a list of resources about COVID-19 to share with caregivers, children & young people and education, health and social care practitioners to navigate the dynamic situation of the COVID-19 response, and the many impacts that it will have. We hope that they are helpful and we will continue to add new resources as they become available. 

    • Information on how parent groups have been run post ‘lock-down’ in Rwanda can be found here and we provide guidelines on what to consider to run groups safely in the context of COVID-19 here.
    • A range of free digital COVID-19 educational resources for children: download Axel Scheffler’s book here and a copy of Lydia Monk’s book can be downloaded here (Information about how these resources were created is found here).
    • Share your story and contribute to voices of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak here: voices.
    • LSHTM’s free online course for anyone who is interested to learn about what we know about COVID-19, and how we should respond to the outbreak: free online course.
    • A course that introduces COVID-19, created for teenagers and young adults, is at: free online course for 14-16 year olds.
    • Presentation from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability: making the response disability-inclusive
    • Paper on what we can learn from a disability inclusive response

    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

    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

    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