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Early Childhood Development Survey

Please consider responding to this online survey about inclusive early childhood development (ECD) and early childhood intervention (ECI) programs for children with at-risk situations, developmental delays, disabilities or atypical behaviors from 0 to 8 years. The Early Childhood Development Task Force (ECDTF) of the Global Partnership Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) is conducting this survey, in collaboration with UNICEF and The RISE Institute. The survey will close 30-Sept. 2016
To respond to the survey, click on one of these links according to your preferred language:






If you require assistance to access the survey, please contact Rocío Gómez-Botero at Upon completion of the survey, we are pleased to offer you automatic membership in the Early Childhood Development Task Force (ECDtf) of the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd) with access to our newsletter and website documents. Should you not wish to join, you are welcome to unsubscribe upon receipt of your initial ECDtf Google group notice.

Please complete the survey by September 30th.

New Programs for Hearing Loss at the US Center for Disease Control (CDC)

New Programs for Hearing Loss at the US Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC is now broadening their long standing effort to control occupational noise exposure with a cross-agency effort to initiate and coordinate programmatic activities regarding non-occupational hearing loss.

According to Robin Ikeda, MD, MPH, Deputy Director, Non-communicable Disease, Injury, and Environmental Health at the CDC, current activities include raising awareness of the issue and facilitating public health action for hearing loss. Please visit their website at:

AuD Externship (4th year) in Blantyre, Malawi, Africa

Announcing a very unique Au.D. 4th-year externship opportunity in Blantyre, Malawi, Africa. Malawi is currently one of the poorest country in the world and there is a significant lack of health care services.

Sound Seekers has been working to develop a comprehensive audiology service at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) which is the country’s largest public hospital. As the Director of Audiology and an American trained audiologist, I am working to ensure that all services rendered at QECH are meeting international standards.

This placement would provide an exceptional opportunity for a qualified student to not only live abroad but to see the interworking of a developing countries health care system while helping those in desperate need of audiology services.

To learn more about Sound Seekers please visit


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Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment Short Course

The short course on Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment is being held again this year in Hyderabad, India from 06 to 10th September 2016.

The course will be organised by the South Asia Centre for Disability, Inclusive Development & Research, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in collaboration with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

Please see the attached course brochure for further details and also the application form.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 6th August 2016.

Prof G.V.S Murthy, Director
Indian Institute of Public Health – Hyderabad (IIPHH) & South Asian Centre for Disability, Inclusive Development and Research (SACDIR),
Plot No. 1, ANV Arcade, Amar Cooperative Society, Kavuri Hills,
Madhapur, Hyderabad – 500033, INDIA.
Tel. No: +91 40 49006000/ / 49006001

PHPHI HYDERABAD leaflet – 2016

Major Accomplishments at the WHO to advance the cause of Global Hearing Health!

Major Accomplishments at the WHO to advance the cause of Global Hearing Health!

On May 31st, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization approved a motion for a new resolution on Hearing Loss to be presented to the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2017. The last WHA resolution for the prevention of hearing impairment was passed on 12 May 1995. Twenty one years later, the estimated number affected by disabling hearing loss has increased 300%, to 360 million people worldwide, with two-thirds of affected individuals living in low- and middle-income countries and the vast majority of these individuals do not have access to any services for their hearing loss. Under the leadership of the International Society for Audiology and after several years of advocacy by dedicated Coalition for Global Hearing Health members and affiliates around the world along with several other committed organizations, the WHO Executive Board has taken the critical step toward a new updated resolution for hearing loss. The draft resolution can be found at

This motion was verbally supported by representatives from many member state countries, including Colombia, Philippines, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo (on behalf of the 47 African countries), China, Canada, Bhutan, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, Mexico, USA, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, India, and Algeria. The statements of these dignitaries can be viewed at (the parts pertaining to hearing loss can be found from 53 minutes to 1hr 50 minutes).

Thanks to all involved for making this milestone in making hearing health a priority possible!

From Left to right:  Mr. Michael Chowen, CBE (Society of Sound Hearing), Dr. George Tavartkiladze (Secretary-General, International Society of Audiology); Dr. Alarcos Cieza; Dr. Shelly Chadha (WHO, Technical Officer of Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss); Dr. Etienne Krug (WHO, Director of Department for NCD, NVIP); Dr. Diego Santana-Hernández, Senior Advisor for Ear & Hearing Care, CBM)DSC00975
DSC00975The Executive Board deliberating over the  proposed Resolution