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3ie-LIDC Seminar Series: Community-based Rehabilitation for People With Disabilities in Low- and Middle-income Countries

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 17:30 to 19:00
Upper Meeting Room (103), London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Karl Blanchet and Valentina Iemmi

Abstract: Around 800,000 million people with disabilities live in low- and middle-income countries. Access to facility-based rehabilitation (CBR) services is a major issue. As a result, CBR was promoted to enhance the quality of life, meet basic needs and ensure inclusion and participation of people with disabilities and their carers. The authors conducted a systematic review to analyse the effectiveness of CBR, which included 15 papers: six focused on physical disabilities and nine on mental disabilities. Based on available evidence, community-based rehabilitation may be effective in improving the clinical outcomes and enhancing functioning and quality of life of people with disabilities and their carers in low- and middle-income countries.

About the Speakers:

Karl Blanchet, PhD: Karl Blanchet is a Lecturer on health systems at the International Centre for evidence in Disability at LSHTM. Karl is also co-founder of the Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group.
Karl has specific interests in studying sustainability and resilience issues in global health and physical rehabilitation and more specifically in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries. Karl developed and created the Sustainability Analysis Process that was applied and documented in Cambodia, Nepal and Somaliland. Karl has developed innovative research approaches based on complexity science, system thinking and social network analysis. Karl has also been involved in multi country evaluations and, for example, was the lead evaluator of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) involving the visit to 6 different countries. Karl is also a member of the technical group at the World Health Organisation looking at health and rehabilitation issues.

Valentina Iemmi: Valentina Iemmi is a researcher in the areas of global mental health policy and economics. She has been Research Officer working in mental health at the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) since 2012. Her research interests include global mental health policy and economics, global mental health financing, global mental health and poverty, and mental disabilities in both developed and developing countries. 

Valentina obtained the title of clinical psychologist at the University of Paris (France) in 2006 and she graduated in health policy, planning and financing at the LSE and the LSHTM in 2009. Since 2006 she has been working in mental health policy for the for the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health at the King's College London, the Department of Health and Social Care at the LSE, the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the LSHTM, and the National Institute of Health and Medical Research at the University of Paris. 

This seminar was part of the 3ie-LIDC Seminar Series 'What works in International Development'.

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