The COVID-19 pandemic goes on, and I hope that you are staying safe. It is increasingly clear that survivors are experiencing long-term conditions and impairments. Collectively, we will have a lot of work to do to scale up rehabilitation and other services to meet this need.
It is also important to continue to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 response. The evidence portal has now launched two new briefs, on how to ensure inclusion in WASH and the importance of addressing wellbeing and mental health needs. More evidence briefs on COVID will follow in the coming months….
The Missing Billion Initiative, of which I am a founder, has now launched its website. The ambition is to improve access to healthcare for people with disabilities, particularly in low and middle-income countries. We have started to think about how to diagnose where health systems are in terms of disability-inclusion, and would welcome your feedback and partnership.
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!
Finally, we are excited that LSHTM has been awarded a grant by UKRI ESRC on Sexual Health among older adults, including those with disabilities, in China and the UK. It is so important that this neglected topic is addressed. And read on for more information on our papers, webinars and other news….
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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PENDA is a major ICED project, Funded by the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (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 have now selected Stephene Maende from Kenya as the third candidate in our PENDA Africa PhD scheme. He has background in research, strategic planning, policy analysis and impact evaluation of policy interventions/programmes, holds a master of Arts Economics degree from the University of Nairobi, bachelor of Arts from Kenyatta University, certificate in Evaluation of Public Policy from Laval University (Canada) and basic accounting skills (CPA I) from KASNEB. Welcome Stephene.
- Three papers are now online on “Are current approaches to poverty measurement disability-inclusive?” (by Morgon Banks), “Disability Inclusion Measures” (by Tom Shakespeare et al) and “Rapid Evidence Assessment of what works to improve livelihood outcomes for people with disabilities in low and middle income countries” (by Hannah Kuper et al).
More publications this month from our group, in addition to the PENDA papers and Evidence Briefs mentioned above.
Tom Shakespeare and colleagues published “Covid-19: excess all cause mortality in domiciliary care.”, in the BMJ. They concluded that in the UK “…the rise in deaths among those receiving domiciliary care is similar to that among care home residents, yet it is scarcely mentioned.”, and urged attention to be given to this issue.
Tracey Smythe and colleagues published “Early intervention for children with developmental disabilities in low and middle-income countries - the case for action.”, in the journal International Health.
Hannah Kuper and colleagues published a systematic review of “Multidisciplinary visual rehabilitation in low- and middle-income countries” in Disability and Rehabilitation. They found that there was very little high-quality evidence, and that more studies are urgently needed.
Hannah Kuper was also involved in the publication “Hope and trust in times of Zika: the views of caregivers and healthcare workers at the forefront of the epidemic in Brazil”, published in Health Policy and Planning. This paper used qualitative data to reflect on the difficulties doctors faced building trust and supporting children affected by Zika and their families, without giving false hope.
Upcoming Seminars and Events by LSHTM
We are taking a short break from Seminars. You can find all our previous seminars (including the audio recordings and slides) here.
Three great webinars coming up, external to ICED!
- Aug 20, 11 a.m. Webinar on Mental Health in International Development: Positioning the UK’s mental health response to COVID-19 : by Centre for Global Mental Health
- Aug 25, 14:30 – 16:30 (US EDT – 19:30-21:30 UK time) webinar to discuss the use of the Washington Group data collection tools to assess the impact of COVID-19 on persons with disability. Email WG_Secretariat@cdc.gov no later than Wednesday, 19 August 2020 to register.
- Sept 17, 14:00-15:30. Working in partnership with multiple stakeholders on disability and inclusive education policy processes. Professor Nidhi Singal, Professor of Disability and Inclusive Education at the Faculty of Education University of Cambridge, will facilitate a panel of researchers, policy actors and practitioners who will share their experiences of engaging research with policy and practice. You must register your interest in joining this event.
And you can still watch our webinar on Disability and COVID-19, link here.
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 28-29: ADIRA is calling for abstracts to its meeting to advance disability research in Cape Town for meeting agenda please click here for abstract guidelines here. Please send abstract to Nomfundo.Mthethwa@mrc.ac.za
- November 30-December 3, 6th AfriNEAD conference, Cape Town, South Africa.
- Late 2020, 3rd CBR Congress, Entebbe, Uganda.
You can find all our previous seminars (including the audio recordings and slides) here.
Other things of interest
- ADD have produced a report on COVID and disability – COVID double jeopardy.
- The Inclusive Futures website has been launched by Sightsavers, highlighting a range of their disability-inclusive programmes
Have you seen this?
We are avid animal lovers in ICED. Check out Andrew Cotter’s youtube channel. He is a professional sports commentator, and has used his skills in an unusual way during lockdown (each video 1-3 minutes).
If you have a little more time (1 hour) here is Tom Shakespeare’s Swarthmore Lecture given on “Openings to the Infinite Ocean: A Friendly Offering of Hope”.