ICDR-Zambia

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About

Purpose & History

ICDR-Zambia was formed in 2011 to conduct novel global rehabilitation and disability research in Zambia. We strive to unite people at the University of Toronto, Canada and internationally, who are conducting disability and/or rehabilitation research in Zambia to enhance the integrity of our research through harmonization and mutual problem solving.

Leadership

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Chair: Marianne Stevens

Vice-Chair Education: Sarah Eby

VC Research and Finance

VC Research & Finance: Cathy Cameron

 

Members

Anson Au, Cathy Cameron, Shaun Cleaver, Sarah Eby, Stephanie Nixon, Janet Njelesani, Marianne Stevens

Partners

University of Zambia The University of Zambia has a vision to be the provider of world class services in higher education and knowledge generation and a mission to provide relevant higher education through teaching, research and community service.

Zambart is a Zambian NGO formed in 2004 from a collaboration between the University of Zambia’s School of Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine that focuses on the overlap between HIV and tuberculosis in order to improve the quality of life of people affected by the diseases.

Realize brings together the worlds of HIV, disability and rehabilitation and through its leadership in research, education and cross-sector partnerships is working to address the rehabilitation needs of people living with HIV and changing HIV prevention, care, treatment and support 

Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) has built a global reputation as a leading applied research centre that brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and its mission is to inspire health and development strategies, policies and practices that improve the welfare of people in and beyond Africa.

Lusaka Apex Medical University (LAMU) is a private Medical University in Zambia contributing to the global supply of highly qualified health professionals with emphasis on Zambia and Southern Africa. 

Research

a) Projects

  • E-module on HIV and Rehabilitation: An E-module to Address HIV-Related Disability and Rehabilitation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nixon, S. An online educational tool, the “HIV and Rehabilitation eModule”, will be adapted from a Canadian resource developed by CWGHR and tested for rehabilitation professionals in sub-Saharan Africa to improve health and reduce disability for individuals living with HIV.  Grand Challenges Canada 2013 October – 2015 April, 100,000 CAD.
  • The Sepo II Project: Exploring the Functioning, Disability and Health of Women and Men Living with HIV in Zambia: Shifting Perspectives for a Longer-Term Approach to HIV Care in Southern Africa. Nixon, S. Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) Open Operating Grant, 284, 383 CAD.
  • A Search for Strategies to Redress the Disadvantages of Disability in Western Zambia. Cleaver, S. Two disability communities in Western Zambia collaborate with a Canadian PhD student researcher to better understand the problems related to their disabilities, and strategies to counter-act these problems. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship and W. Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship Program.

b) Publications

  • Cleaver S, Nixon S. A Scoping Review of 10 Years of Published Literature on Community-based Rehabilitation. Disability & Rehabilitation (early-online, 2013). DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2013.845257.
  • Stevens M, Kirsh B, Nixon SA. Rehabilitation interventions for children living with HIV: a scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation (early online 2013). DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2013.821184.
  • Njelesani J, Stevens M, Cleaver S, Nixon SA.  Developing global partnerships to advance participation and health through research: The Canadian-Zambian Partnership. Occupational Therapy International 2013;20(2): 78-87
  • Flicker S, Nixon SA. The DEPICT model for participatory qualitative health promotion research analysis piloted in Canada, Zambia and South Africa. Health Promotion International. 2014. Health Promotion International.
  • Yoshida K, Hanass-Hancock J, Nixon SA, Bond V. Using intersectionality to explore experiences of disability and HIV among women and men in Zambia. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2014. In press.
  • Njelesani J, Gibson BE, Cameron D, Nixon SA, Polatajko H. A Critical Occupational Approach: Offering Insights on the Sport-for-Development Playing Field. Sport in Society. 2014;17(6):790-807.
  • Cleaver S, Nixon SA. A scoping study of ten years of published literature on community-based rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2013, Early online: 1-10.
  • Nixon SA, Maimbolwa M. Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: Diversity, Inequality and Human Rights in the Global Pandemic, Book Review. Developing World Bioethics, Early online: 1-3.
  • Njelesani J, Cameron D, Gibson BE, Nixon S, & Polatajko, H. Towards a critical occupational approach to research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2013;12:207-220.
  • Wickenden A, Nixon SA, Yoshida K. Exploring the impact of the intersection of HIV, disability and gender on the sexualities of women in Zambia. African Journal of Disability 2013;2(1),Art.#50,8 pages.

c) Presentations

  • 2013 Oct 29    The Sepo II Study: Experiences of ‘Functioning, Disability and Health’ of Women and Men Living with HIV in Lusaka, Zambia. 20th Canadian Conference on Global Health. Ottawa, Canada.  Presenter(s): Nixon SA, Bond V, Cameron C, Hanass-Hancock J, Ibanez-Carrasco F, Menon A, Solomon P, Zack E. (oral).
  • 2013 Oct 28    Sub-plenary: Can we have an impact without inclusion? Disability: The Missing MDG. 20th Canadian Conference on Global Health. Ottawa, Canada.  Presenter(s): Nixon SA, Brown Y, Simwaba P, Davis A, Cameron D, Cockburn L, Cleaver S, O’Hearn S, Hunt M, Jalovcic D, Wolbring G. (oral).
  • 2013 Oct 27-29, 2013   Stevens M, Kirsh B, Nixon SA. Rehabilitation interventions for children living with HIV: a scoping review. Canadian Conference on Global Health; Ottawa, ON, Canada.
  • 2013 Oct 27-29   Cleaver S, Magalhaes L, Nixon S, Polatajko H. “Collaborating with Persons with Disabilities in Zambia to Rethink Rehabilitation” Canadian Conference on Global Health; Ottawa, ON, Canada.
  • 2013 Oct 29   Nixon SA, Bond V, Cameron C, Hanass-Hancock J, Ibanez-Carrasco F, Menon A, Solomon P, Zack E. The Sepo II Study: Experiences of ‘Functioning, Disability and Health’ of Women and Men Living with HIV in Lusaka, Zambia. 20th Canadian Conference on Global Health; Ottawa, ON, Canada (oral).
  • 2013 Oct 28   Nixon SA, Brown Y, Simwaba P, Davis A, Cameron D, Cockburn L, Cleaver S, O’Hearn S, Hunt M, Jalovcic D, Wolbring G. Sub-plenary: Can we have an impact without inclusion? Disability: The Missing MDG. 20th Canadian Conference on Global Health; Ottawa, ON, Canada (oral).
  • 2013 Oct 15    Seventh Zambian National Health Research Conference. Presenter(s): Mwamba C, Musheke M, Bond VA, Maimbolwa M, Menon A, Simwaba P, Cameron C, Solomon P, Hanass-Hancock J, Zack E, Ibanez-Carrasco F, Nixon SA. The ‘Functioning, Disability and Health’ experiences of people living with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy in Lusaka, Zambia: Implications for HIV care. (poster)
  • 2012 Oct 21-23  Stevens M. An examination of the activity and participation of children living with HIV in Lusaka, Zambia using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health within a critical ethnographic approach. Theme Group on Inclusion and Disability session. 19th Canadian Conference on Global Health, Ottawa, ON.
  • 2012 Oct 23  Nixon SA. Examining access to HIV-related health services for persons with disabilities in Zambia: toward a participator accessibility assessment tool. 19th Canadian Conference on Global Health; Ottawa, ON, Canada (oral).
  • 2012 Oct 22   Developing global research partnerships: A Canadian-Zambian case study 19th Canadian Conference on Global Health. Ottawa, Canada.  Presenter(s): Njelesani J, Stevens M, Cleaver S, Lombe M, Nixon SA. (poster)
  • 2012 Oct 22   Wickenden A, Nixon SA, Yoshida K. (Dis)Abling Sexualities: Exploring the impact of the intersection of HIV, disability and gender on the sexualities of women and men in Lusaka, Zambia. 19th Canadian Conference on Global Health; Ottawa, ON, Canada (poster).
  • 2012 Oct 22   Njelesani J, Stevens M, Cleaver S, Lombe M, Nixon SA. Developing global research partnerships: A Canadian-Zambian case study. 19th Canadian Conference on Global Health; Ottawa, ON, Canada, October 22, 2012 (poster).
  • 2012 Oct 21   Nixon SA, Cameron C, Hanass-Hancock J, Simwaba P, Solomon P. Disability, inclusion and rehabilitation: a showcase of Canada’s global responses. 19th Canadian Conference on Global Health; Ottawa, ON, Canada (oral).
  • 2012 Jul 24   XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington DC, USA.  Presenter(s): Njelesani J, Cameron D, Parsons J, Nixon SA. Work experiences of people with disabilities who are HIV+ in Lusaka, Zambia. (poster)
  • 2012 July 24   Njelesani J, Cameron D, Gibson BE, Nixon SA, Polatajko H. Who gets to play?: Evaluating sports as the means for HIV programming through an occupational perspective. XIX International AIDS Conference; Washington DC, USA,  (poster).
  • 2012 Apr 21   Nixon SA, Cameron C, Hanass-Hancock J, Simwaba P, Solomon P. Operationalizing qualitative HIV research fieldwork in a resource-poor country: Lessons learned in Lusaka, Zambia regarding rigorous and ethical research procedures. 21st Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research; Montreal, Quebec, Canada (oral).
  • 2012 Apr 19  Njelesani J, Cameron D, Gibson BE, Nixon SA, Polatajko H. Who gets to play: Evaluating sports as the means for HIV programming through an occupational perspective. 21st Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research; Montreal, Quebec, Canada (poster).
  • 2011  Njelesani, J., Cameron, D., & Polatajko, H. J. Using occupations in the attainment of the MDGs. 7th OTARG Congress. Livingstone, Zambia.
  • 2010  Njelesani, J., Cameron, D., & Polatajko, H. J. Bridging occupation and the international development agenda. CSOS & SSO: USA Joint OS Conference, London, ON, Canada.

d) Other

  • Nixon et al. Report of the Disability and Rehabilitation Anti-stigma Workshop, Lusaka, Zambia, March 2012

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Marianne Stevens.

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