International Centre for Evidence in Disability

International Centre for Evidence in Disability

ICED develop tools, techniques and evidence on disability, leading to scalable interventions that can improve people's lives across the world.

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide evidence to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities globally.

Our work

Our work is divided into three areas:

  • measuring disability and impairments
  • health, wellbeing and disability
  • access to health and rehabilitation.

We focus on research, teaching and communication.

We aim to translate research outcomes into practice. Our close links with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and agencies help us achieve this goal. The majority of our research is undertaken in low- and middle-income countries.

Our objectives

  • Conduct high quality research on disability, in particular, through the conduct of impact evaluations and randomized controlled trials.
  • Contribute learning about disability to the teaching programme at LSHTM Influence global policy and practice on disability.
  • Build awareness and knowledge about disability at LSHTM

Raise the international profile of LSHTM as an institution with expertise in disability, and build international research and training partnerships

Summary of relevant work

There are estimated to be over one billion people living with a disability. This corresponds to 15% of the world’s population. People with disabilities are often excluded from education and employment leading to an increased risk of poverty. People with disabilities often have higher health care needs, but may find it more difficult to access relevant services. They may also face difficulties being included in other aspects of society. These exclusions are contrary to the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which calls upon all countries to respect and ensure the equal rights and participation of all persons with disabilities to education, health care, employment and inclusion in all aspects of society. This exclusion will also make it difficult to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

ICED has a core group of 20+ researchers and doctoral students, working across projects in over 30 countries. We work in partnership with disability and global health research centres, international organisations and people with disabilities to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities globally.

Visit ICED’s website to find out more about the Centre’s research projects, publications and teaching on disability.

Key partners

Partner groups in LSHTM

  • International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH
  • The Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH)
  • Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group (CEVG
  • Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH
  • Evaluation Centre (Link
  • Centre for Chronic Conditions (Link
  • Gender Based Violence (GBV

We also work with many partner universities in the UK and overseas. Examples include Fiocruz (Brazil)

Partner NGOs

  • CBM (Link
  • Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities (GPCWD)
  • Humanity and Inclusion (Link
  • HelpAge International (Link
  • International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC
  • Sense (Link
  • Multi Agency International Training and Support (MAITS
  • Sightsavers International (Link
  • Motivation (Link
  • Plan International (Link
  • Leonard Cheshire (Link




  • Department for International Development (DFID
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Wellcome Trust (Link)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
  • The Newton Fund (Link)

Seeking collaboration with

Experts by experience/service users
Other organizations
Policy makers


Empowerment and service user involvement
Human rights
Policy and legislation
Training, education and capacity building
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
South America
Children and adolescents
Families and carers
Humanitarian and conflict health
Older adults
Primary care
Specialist care
United Kingdom