Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHANNAH KUPER: Hello and welcome to our course, Global Health and Disability. My name is Hannah Kuper and I'm your lead educator. I'm a professor of epidemiology and the Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 secondsMYROSLAVA TATARYN: And I'm Myroslava Tataryn, co-educator and an alumnus of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 secondsHANNAH KUPER: Around 15% of the world's population, or one billion people, live with some form of disability. The global number of people with disabilities will continue to grow over the coming decades, with ageing of populations and the increase in chronic conditions, like diabetes, Alzheimer's, and stroke. Disability often affects vulnerable groups, and is more common among women, older people, and households that are poor. It is also more common in lower income countries and around the world, about 80% of people with disabilities are living in poverty.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsMYROSLAVA TATARYN: People with disabilities are often overlooked in national and international development. This is linked to widespread barriers that they face, such as accessing health, education, and rehabilitation services. Many of these barriers can be overcome with simple solutions and initiatives to reduce society's stigma and negative attitude towards disabilities, and by making sure that the right services are available and accessible to meet people's needs. Access to health care for people with disabilities is a human right, and this includes the right to access both general primary health care services that everyone needs, as well as specific services, like rehabilitation.

Skip to 1 minute and 38 secondsAccess to good health care can help enable people with disabilities to increase their participation in all aspects of life, which contributes to social and economic development and inclusion for all.

Skip to 1 minute and 48 secondsHANNAH KUPER: Over the next three weeks, we will come together to answer questions such as, what is disability? And why is it important to the global development agenda? Why are health, well-being, and disability linked? And how can access to health and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities be improved? People with disabilities are at the heart of this course, and you will hear from people around the world who will describe their personal experiences. We will use examples from many low income countries across different development and humanitarian settings. The course uses videos, articles, discussions, and simple ways to test your learning.

Skip to 2 minutes and 20 secondsMYROSLAVA TATARYN: This course is suitable for anyone with a professional or personal interest in disability as it relates to health, rehabilitation, international development, and humanitarian assistance. We anticipate a very diverse group of learners, both in terms of knowledge and experience, and we look forward to learning with you over the coming weeks. Throughout the course, we encourage you to take part in course discussions. Share your thoughts, perceptions, and personal experiences with each other. We're sure that it will be exciting to lead you through this course, so let's get started.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to our course, Global Health and Disability. Your Lead Educators are Hannah Kuper, Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Myroslava Tataryn, alumnus of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Let’s begin!

Why are we here?

This three week course is brought to you by the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The course aims to raise awareness about the importance of health and well-being of people with disabilities in the context of the global development agenda: leaving no one behind.

What will we learn?

During the next three weeks we will address key issues in global health and disability, and aim to answer the following questions:

  • What is disability?
  • Why is it important to the global development agenda?
  • Why are health, wellbeing and disability linked?
  • How can access to health and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities be improved?

How will we learn?

We will use a variety of learning techniques including videos, articles, discussions and simple ways to test your learning. You will hear from people with disabilities and their families, health and rehabilitation professionals, public health academics and international development stakeholders, who will all share their knowledge and experience with you.

Remember that each step features a Comments area that you can use to share your thoughts and reflections. When you feel happy with the material and ideas covered in a step, please Mark as complete before using the arrow to move on. You can check your progress using the Progress tab at the top of each page.

We hope that you will find the course material thought-provoking and engaging. We very much look forward to learning with you and hope you enjoy our course.

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Global Health and Disability

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine