Free online course on Global Health and Disability from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

1 June, 2018

Dear all,

The second run of our free online course on Global Health and Disability starts next week, after an extremely successful first run in February this year. The course features key global leaders in disability and many testimonials and videos from people with disabilities from around the world. It argues strongly for the inclusion of people with disabilities in development.

I would be very grateful if you would share the information below with colleagues or others who may be interested in joining the course. It is suited to anyone with an interest in health and disability, from low or high-income settings, and should take up about 2-3 hours per week for 3 weeks. It launches on Monday 4th June, although you can enrol any time in the next few weeks.


Global Health and Disability

Leaving no one behind: disability, health and wellbeing in global development

A 3 week (maximum 4 hours per week) free online course from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Why join the course:

Around 15% of the world’s population, or 1 billion people, live with some form of disability, with numbers continuing to rise over the coming decades.

People with disabilities are often overlooked in national and international development, and can face widespread barriers in accessing services, including health and rehabilitation services, even though simple initiatives are available to enable access. Our three week 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 topics will you cover?

• The magnitude of disability and relevance of disability to the global development agenda

• Defining disability and how it can be understood and measured

• The challenges to health and wellbeing amongst people with disabilities and why people with disabilities might have poorer health

• Why people with disabilities may have difficulty in accessing health services

• Links among longer term health conditions and disability

• How to improve access to health care and rehabilitation for people with disabilities

• Community based inclusive development for improving access to health and rehabilitation for people with disabilities

For more details, to check out the trailer or to register your free place on the course, please click here:

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HIFA profile: Josie Gallo is Massive Open Online Course and Open Education Resource Coordinator at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the UK. Professional interests: Global health education, particularly media and technology. Email: AT