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).
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).