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.

Address: 
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
Telephone: 
+44 (0) 20 7958 8345
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
Funders: 
  • 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: 
Other organizations
Experts by experience/service users
Researchers
Policy makers
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Innovations and resources

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Congenital Zika Syndrome Parent Support

A participatory intervention with a psychosocial component to empower caregivers of children with Congenital Zika Syndrome.
Region: 
South America
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Families and carers
Disability
Disorder: 
Child behavioural and developmental disorders