Disability statistics and international development agenda

from UN Enable Newsletter October 2014

On 23 October, the Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (DESA), co-Chaired a Disability Data Conference in London organized by the Government of the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). The meeting served as a follow up to promote dissemination of the recommendations from the UN Expert Group Meeting on “Disability Data and Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation: The way forward, a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond, held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 8-10 July 2014. (http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1617). The meeting in London with bilateral donors and other stakeholders worked to encourage the strengthening and mainstreaming of disability data and statistics in development cooperation. The Conference focused on the use of the Washington Group short question set and discussed integration of disability components into broader statistical data collection efforts to address some of the inconsistencies and persistent challenges in national data collection on persons with disabilities. The meeting was framed in the context of the emerging post-2015 development framework and notion of “leaving no one behind” in future development actions.

SDHI will host a webinar on this topic in December. 

FARR Institute 1st International Conference

In August 2015 the FARR Institute of Health Informatics Research will be hosting their First International Conference in St Andrews.  This will build on successful conferences under the auspices of SHIP which attracted delegates from across the world, including New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada and Europe.  Further details are available on the flyer

Call for Abstracts – Exploiting Existing Data for Health Research 4th International Conference, 28th-30th August 2013, St Andrews

Hosted by the Scottish Health Informatics Programme in association with the four UK Ehealth Informatics Research Centres, the conference organisers would like to extend a general call for the submission of research papers to be presented at the conference. The conference provides a forum for the presentation of new and exciting research that uses linked, electronic health data and an opportunity to discuss present and future challenges in this area. We would welcome interested delegates to submit papers around the following suggested, but by no means exhaustive, themes:

  • Record linkage and health research
  • The use of routinely collected data in clinical trials
  • Patients’ rights and the Public Interest around linked health data
  • The methodological challenges of record linkage in health research


Enquiries about the conference should be directed to Christina Lamb at the following contact details:
Email: ship @st-andrews.ac.uk
Tel: +44 1334 463992
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