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June Newsletter

Dear friends,

A lot of our work focusses on addressing health inequities for people with disabilities. Last month, we published two reviews in Lancet journals highlighting why this topic is so important, as the reviews showed that mortality rates are more than double for people with disabilities (one global and one LMICs reviews). We calculated that this inequity translates into a shocking 14-year life expectancy gap. Our companion paper laid out the groundwork for how to build disability-inclusive health systems which could help to tackle these inequities. The work was accompanied by an editorial in Lancet Public Health (Disability inclusivity: time to step up) and a podcast.

Many congratulations to Nat Scherer, who submitted his PhD thesis last month titled ‘the mental health and wellbeing of children with disabilities’. His thesis was based upon his work with colleagues in Gaza, exploring needs and developing guidelines for developing mental health services for children with hearing impairments. He also drew on his work documenting the neglect of people with learning disabilities in England and Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a scoping review of Mental health support for children and adolescents with hearing loss.

Congratulations also to our doctoral student Danae Rodriguez, whose findings are already influencing practice! As part of her research, she undertook a Disability-Inclusive Health System assessment in Chile, and the Ministry of Health has now officially announced the implementation of the top one priority resulting from her study: design a National Policy on Inclusive Health for People with Disabilities. They have started with regional consultations and social dialogs to complement the national assessment with local views and realities. They expect to finish the policy by the end of this year. Well done Danae!

We have three webinars/seminars this month, tackling diverse issues of health inequities, menstrual health and Ubuntu! More information below. 

Read on for more ICED news!

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.

Last month, we started the fieldwork for the baseline of our new study in rural Uganda. It is an impact evaluation of a community-based participatory group intervention to improve access to healthcare for people with disabilities. The baseline study in Rwanda is going well, for the evaluation of interventions to support the needs of young children with developmental disabilities and their families. We have completed the endline of our interventions in Bangladesh (inclusive employment) and Uganda (inclusive poverty graduation programme), working with BIGD in Bangladesh, and hope to share the results soon! 


Papers this month from ICED!

Blogs and comments:

Tracey Smythe also wrote the following two blogs:

Upcoming Seminars and Events by LSHTM

ICED webinars:

Event 5 June 2024: Closing the Disability Data Gap: What can we learn from Australia?

Professor Anne Kavanagh gave a talk about her work on improving the lives of people with disabilities and the availability of disability data in Australia.

The webinar is available to watch here.

About the speaker and seminar: Professor Anne Kavanagh is a social epidemiologist who is an international leader in health inequalities research.

‘Improving menstrual health - a silver bullet or a human rights crisis?’
Date: Wednesday 5th June
Time: 13:00-14:00
Location: LSHTM - Room LG24 and Zoom (

Menstrual health is a public health and human rights issue, and can affect multiple dimensions of health, education and well-being. In this seminar, LSHTM researchers will present findings from recent research evaluating strategies to improve menstrual health in schools in The Gambia, Tanzania and Uganda, among women & girls with intellectual disabilities in Vanuatu, and among women & healthcare workers in Zimbabwe.  

The webinar is open to all and will be chaired by Dr Emily Wilson (Founding CEO Irise International).  Speakers will include Jane Wilbur, Mandikudza Tembo, Belen Torondel, Kate Nelson and Kathy Thomas, from LSHTM.

Ubuntu hub webinar: How can I be a facilitator of change
Exploring how to support behaviour and attitude change
Date: Wednesday 12th June
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 BST
Zoom: TBC
Speaker: Rachel Lassman in a UK-trained Occupational Therapist with 25 years of clinical experience. She has been living and working in Uganda for over 10 years. She is a Research Assistant at LSHTM and Global Co-ordinator for Baby Ubuntu: early care and support for children with developmental disabilities.

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

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 interning with ICED. Please complete the application form

Have you seen this?

Tom Shakespeare meeting the Pope

In other exciting news, Tom attended the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at the Vatican in April, which was discussing disability. And he had an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis!



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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.


ICED talks

Professor Anne Kavanagh: Improving the lives of people with disabilities and the availability of disability data in Australia

Professor Anne Kavanagh gave a talk about her work on improving the lives of people with disabilities and the availability of disability data in Australia.

The webinar is available to watch here.

About the speaker and seminar:

Professor Anne Kavanagh is a social epidemiologist who is an international leader in health inequalities research. She is the inaugural Chair of Disability and Health and Head of the Disability and Health Unit in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

Data on disability is a persistent gap in health equity research. Few countries have systems that enable them to examine the health inequities of people with disabilities, yet recent initiatives in Australia are helping to uncover these overlooked health inequities.  Join the International Centre for Evidence in Disability as it hosts Professor Anne Kavanagh to discuss her work on improving the lives of people with disabilities and the availability of disability data in Australia. This session will be held in-person and online and is open to all individuals wishing to learn more about data and health inequities for people with disabilities. 


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

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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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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