“The aim of this study was to use the KIM to estimate the prevalence of moderate/severe physical, sensory and intellectual impairments and epilepsy among children in two districts (Ntcheu and Thyolo) in Malawi. The Key Informant Method (KIM) is a novel method for generating these data. KIM focuses on training community volunteers to identify local children who may have disabilities, who are then screened by medical professionals and referred on for appropriate health and rehabilitation interventions. Consequently, the method offers an alternative to population-based surveys of disability in children, which can be costly and time consuming”
This report provides a summary of research project conducted by the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Malawi. The study used the Key Informant Method (KIM) to estimate the prevalence of moderate/severe physical, sensory and intellectual impairments and epilepsy among children in two districts (Ntcheu and Thyolo) in Malawi. This report presents summary of the study’s background information, aims and objectives, key findings, conclusions and recommendations
The Key Informant Method (KIM) has previously been tested by CBM, LSHTM and others, and found to be a valid method for the identification of children with severe visual impairment and blindness in Bangladesh, using community volunteers in the place of a door-to-door survey. This report outlines a study that set out to expand this and test whether voluntary, community-level Key Informants (KIs) could be trained to effectively identify children with moderate or severe physical impairments, sensory impairments (visual and hearing) or epilepsy in Bangadesh and Pakistan, and if so whether this process could be used to assess prevalence and plan appropriate referral services for children meeting these criteria
This summary report details key findings of the key informant child disability project in Bangladesh and Pakistan and outlines the study’s direct and indirect benefit for children living with impairments. The summary concludes with key recommendations and comparisons to cost effectiveness
This report presents the results of a knowledge, attitudes and practices household survey. The survey was conducted to gain a better understanding of the nature of child protection issues in different areas in Somaliland, and to examine more closely the types of issues faced by children with disabilities
This seminar video the findings and recommendations from a four year CBM-funded project in Bangladesh and Pakistan to identify children with disabilities and connect them with appropriate rehabilitative services
The paper first presents the development of the Development Quotient (DQ) instrument, which was based on the Portage Guide to Early Education (PGEE). It distinguishes between the effects of the Community Based Rehabilitation service (CBRS) delivery over time and the natural learning taking place in a child with disability (CwD) over the same period. The paper then describes the impact of a CBR programme in Santiago based on changes in DQ as measured in a study of 300 children with disabilities
"This report aims to provide more detail on the individual findings of the study. It provides rational for utilising the term sexual violence, an overview of the study between the four countries, individual country analysis of the four countries and additionally recommendations for improving the situation for children with disabilities"
“"This study uses a series of 26 focus groups to examine the nature of responses to a proposed set of questions developed by the Washington Group on Disability Statistics for use in Censuses. The South African study is aimed at testing these questions with the specific view of using them in the Census 2011. These questions consist of six core questions relating to difficulties people have in doing a series of activities including seeing, hearing, walking and climbing stairs, remembering and concentrating, self-care and communicating. The South African set of questions included a further question on difficulties people have in participating in community activities like anyone else"
"The Key Informant Method (KIM) is a method that has previously been validated in the identification of children with severe visual impairment and blindness using trained, community volunteers in the place of a door-to-door survey. KIM has been developed by a number of organisations working together to enable states and state parties to formulate suitable policies and programs. The ICED is working with a number of partners using KIM in different settings"
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