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February Newsletter

Dear friends,

This month, we are planning, undertaking and supporting the conduct of fieldwork around the world, including the follow-up a livelihood intervention in Bangladesh, and the baselines for health-related interventions in Rwanda and Uganda. We are strongly committed to working in true partnership with people with disabilities in all these activities, including through leadership by researchers with disabilities, training of fieldworkers with disabilities, working with OPDs, and engaging with community members with disabilities. We are also delighted that we have started a PhD programme for people with disabilities within ICED. We are always striving to be more participatory and inclusive, so do let us know if you have tips to share or advice to give!

And another call for help! Climate change is on everyone’s mind as the world faces an unprecedented disaster. But what will this mean for people with disabilities? As we are starting to work more in this area, we would be grateful if you shared with us news, reports and research on this topic! We look forward to engaging with you on this topic and make sure that people with disabilities are not left behind!

Read on for more news and updates!

With best wishes,

Hannah and Tom

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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. We now have 11 evaluations up and running, across the PENDA programme, working with a wide range of partners. Find out more information from our website.

This month, we are preparing to conduct the endline of the impact evaluation of the STAR+ programme – a disability-targeted livelihood intervention in Bangladesh. We are also preparing for the baseline of the impact evaluation of the Baby Ubuntu in Rwanda – a programme of early assessment, care and support for children at risk of developmental disabilities. 


Papers this month from ICED!

Jane Wilbur and colleagues published Feasibility study of a menstrual health behaviour change intervention for women and girls with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers for Vanuatu's humanitarian responses. In Plos Global Public Health. The Veivanua campaign is a menstrual health intervention for people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers in Vanuatu’s humanitarian setting. It was adapted from the Bishesta campaign delivered in Nepal’s development setting. This feasibility study is designed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the campaign. We found it feasible, so now it requires efficacy testing in Vanuatu. It should also be adapted to humanitarian crises in other countries to support the menstrual health of this previously excluded population.

Tracey Smythe, Nat Scherer, Cally Tann and colleagues published Strategies for addressing the needs of children with or at risk of developmental disabilities in early childhood by 2030: a systematic umbrella review. In BMC Medicine. The review highlighted that there is an extreme lack of evidence concerning prevention, identification and intervention, from outside of high income areas, even though the number of affected children in lower resource settings is far higher.

Dorothy Boggs joined colleagues in the paper Closing the birth registration gap for Every newborn facility birth: literature review and qualitative research. published in Global Health Action. It identified barriers at the level of the health system, government and societal to registration – which help explain why almost 25% of children under 5 are unregistered – and key initiatives to overcome these hurdles.

Upcoming Seminars and Events by LSHTM

ICED webinars:

  • Thursday February 15, 17:15-18:15 p.m. Inaugural lecture of Professor Andrew Bastwarous – Making the Invisible, Visible.
  • Monday February 26, 17:30-18:30 p.m. “Disability and Health – What’s the link and why does it matter?” ICED panel presentation. John Snow, LSHTM 

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

We would also like to highlight the new Stellenbosch webinar series (November 2023-April 2024), which includes a range of ICED members. The zoom link is here, for all the webinars.
All webinars are from 13:00 – 13:45 South Africa Standard Time (usually 11:00-11:45 UK time) on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Click here to view the previous webinar

21st March 2024:Crafting Conference-Worthy Academic Abstracts, Guest facilitator: Lieketseng Ned

18th April 2024: Academic Writing: Developing a Manuscript for Publication, Guest facilitator: TBA

Other things of interest

Work Experience Programme at ICED

We are currently not taking on new candidates, however you are welcome to complete an online application to register interest in the programme. Please complete the application form

Have you seen this?

Interesting piece in BBC on “Disability and sex is still taboo” to highlight new BBC comedy drama “How This Blind Girl…” (3 episodes)

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Work experience with ICED

Over the last few years, we have had candidates contribute to our research projects by undertaking surveys, writing systematic reviews, completing desk research and much more.

We are currently not taking on new candidates however, you are welcome to complete the application below for potential future openings.

The programme is for candidates to gain work experience in research within an academic setting. We will strongly consider the following applicants:

  • People with disabilities
  • An interest in pursuing a career in research
  • Preference given to people from LMICs
  • People holding a Bachelor’s degree (minimum), ideally a Master’s degree.

Please complete the application form for consideration.


Disability-Inclusive Education and Employment

This film presents findings from a research project on Disability-Inclusion in Education and Employment in seven countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda). The film was created with young people with disabilities from Uganda and Ghana who participated in the study.  

The research was conducted in partnership with ICED, Mastercard Foundation, the University of Abuja, the University of Ghana, Lifetime Consulting Ltd, Addis Ababa University, University of Nairobi, Global Advocacy and Research Group and MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Group. It was funded by Mastercard Foundation. 

Phase 1 study reports, on the policy landscape, are available here. Phase 2 reports, based on interviews with young people with disabilities in each country, will follow. A film, about the research findings, created with young people with disabilities who participated in the study can be seen 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. 

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 Zika virus

Global Community

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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.

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Press and Resources

Press articles

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

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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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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

Video: Welcome to week 2