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November Newsletter

Dear friends,

The newsletter has returned, after an extended break!
We join the world in watching with great concern as the events unfold in Israel and Gaza, and we hope for a speedy resolution and long-term peace in the region. It is timely to announce the publication of evidenced-based guidelines for teachers on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of deaf and hard of hearing children in the Gaza strips. Nat Scherer, and others from ICED, worked to develop these guidelines, together with the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children and CBM, using collaborative and participatory approaches.  Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children are now working with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education to roll-out the guidelines to schools in the Gaza Strip and to deliver programmes on psychological support within schools.
Evidence and stories continue to emerge on poor access to healthcare for people with disabilities, including a new watchdog report on how hospitals fail people with learning disabilities in the UK.  We are therefore pleased to continue to work to address this issue. We have partnered with the McKinsey Health Institute for a report on “The missing billion: Lack of disability data impedes healthcare equity”, and last month joined the first panel on disability to be hosted at the World Health Summit! LSHTM also joined the Missing Billion Initiative and other partners to make a Clinton Global Initiative commitment on disability-inclusive healthcare in New York in September.
In other ICED news, we would like to congratulate Dr Dorothy Boggs on the final completion of her PhD and Phil Sheppard for passing his DrPH viva subject to minor corrections. Luthfi Azizatunnisa’ and Desta Debalkie passed their PhD upgrades with minor corrections. We would also like to welcome a new member of the team – Sara Rotenberg – who has recently completed her Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University and will be joining the PENDA team. Welcome to the group!

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.
Some updates on PENDA this month…

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:

  • Access of children with disabilities to school-based interventions: an RCT in Malawi and India
  • Impact of a disability-targeted livelihoods programme in Bangladesh: the STAR+ programme
  • Disability Inclusive Graduation: a cluster-randomised trial in Uganda
  • Disability Inclusive Graduation: a cluster-randomised trial in Bangladesh
  • Improving access to family planning in Kaduna City, Nigeria: a cluster-randomised trial
  • Impact evaluation of the InBusiness programme to improve the economic empowerment of microentrepreneurs with disabilities in Kenya
  • Evaluation of a programme of early assessment, care and support for children at risk of developmental disabilities in Rwanda
  • Impact evaluation of a pilot cash transfer programme for households of children with disabilities in Lao PDR
  • Hygiene and Behaviour Change: inclusion of people with disabilities and older people in the COVID-19 response
  • Improving access to healthcare for people with disabilities in Uganda: A cluster-randomised trial
  • Improving access to education for children with disabilities in Bangladesh: an impact evaluation


Lots of papers in the last few months from ICED!

A few in particular to highlight:
As described above, Nat Scherer and colleagues published guidelines Development of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) guidelines for deaf and hard of hearing children in the Gaza Strip, in PLOS Glob Public Health. He also led the publication on 'Do they ever think about people like us?': The experiences of people with learning disabilities in England and Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. Critical Social Policy.
Jane Wilbur guest edited “World Water Day 2022: Importance of WASH, Equal Access Opportunities, and WASH Resilience - A Social-Inclusion Perspective”, for Frontiers in Water, including an editorial to introduce the edition. She also published the article Adapting menstrual health interventions for people with intellectual disabilities in emergencies. In Frontiers of Sanitation. It describes the adaptation of the Bishesta campaign – a menstrual health intervention for people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers - for Vanuatu’s humanitarian emergencies (“ the Veivanua campaign”).

Hannah Kuper and Tracey Smythe undertook a systematic review highlighting the higher risk of people with disabilities from COVID-19-related mortality, and overall showed they were at 2.7-fold higher risk. They also worked with a wider to team and published the protocol for the implementation of a community-based participatory group programme to address issues of access to healthcare for people with disabilities in Luuka district Uganda in BMJ Open. Hannah Kuper and Morgon Banks also wrote a commentary “Human functioning matters: now what?” for Frontiers in Science.

Oher publications from ICED:

New Disability Evidence Briefs!:

Upcoming Seminars and Events by LSHTM

Upcoming ICED webinar:

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

Thursday November 9th at 14:00 GMT: PhD Upgrading Seminar: Benafsha Yaqoobi
PhD Title: A study on the situation of children/youth with disabilities accessing education in Afghanistan: (2001-2021). On Zoom link (Meeting ID: 982 8502 8484 and Password: 610774).

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.

16th November 2023: Piloting the disability accessibility checklist (DAC) in Uganda, Guest facilitator: Menya Abdmagidu

18th January 2024: Training healthcare workers on disability – lessons from the field, Guest facilitator: Andrew Ssemata

15th February 2024: Social protection for people with disabilities, Guest facilitators: Luthfi Azizatunnisa and Morgon Banks

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 currently are not taking on new candidates, but hope to sometime in the future, so please check our Resources for updates. 

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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:

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View the English videos with subtitles here:

View the Portuguese (Brazil) videos with subtitles here:

View the Spanish videos with subtitles here:


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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