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Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment Published Material

Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment Published Material

Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment run by the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with local partners have just published material in ENT and Audiology News (Nov/Dec issue).

The theme of this issue is public health aspects of hearing loss.
The courses are supported by CBM and other donors.

Please follow the link:

https://www.entandaudiologynews.com/features/audiology-features/post/public-health-planning-for-hearing-impairment

University of Puerto Rico Audiology Program Requests After Hurricane Irma’s Destruction

University of Puerto Rico Audiology Program Requests After Hurricane Irma’s Destruction

University of Puerto Rico Audiology Program Requests After Hurricane Irma’s Destruction:

  • Stand-alone simulation software for individual computers
  • Stand-alone learning modules in CD or USB for individual computers
  • Battery operated equipment (e.g: otoscopes, audiometers, etc)
  • Case Studies Workbooks
  • Battery Back-ups and surge protectors to protect electronics during brown-outs and power surges
  • Volunteer guest lecturers willing to self-fund to be on-site in Puerto Rico
  • Audiology Programs within the contiguous U.S. willing to take in Puerto Rican students for Clinical Practice or Externships

Please contact:
Dr. Soami Santiago Snyder (soami.santiago@upr.edu)
Dr. Wanda Lugo Velez (wanda.lugo4@upr.edu)

Hearing Loss Resolution by World Health Assembly

Hearing Loss Resolution by World Health Assembly

I am most pleased to share that a resolution on hearing loss was discussed by the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva on 30th May. A large number of Member States and 2 NGOs, many of them speaking on behalf of multiple Member States spoke in support of the resolution which was unanimously approved and adopted by the Assembly http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB139/B139_R1-en.pdf?ua=1

Proceedings and statements can be viewed online http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/2017/wha70/webstreaming/en/ from 3:51.00 (time) onwards.

This resolution will provide new direction and impetus to our efforts in this field. I thank all of you for your support till now and look forward to our continued collaboration and synergistic efforts for the implementation of this resolution in coming years.

WHO press release: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/vector-control-ncds-cancer/en/

World Heatlh Organization Resolution

World Heatlh Organization Resolution

Next month marks a critical point in the battle for global access to hearing health. After a 21 year interval and over 5 years of lobbying effort, the World Health Organization is poised to adopt a new resolution in support of hearing loss services at the WHO General Assembly May 23 – 31, 2017. As you may know, the last WHA Resolution was in 1995. Since that time the estimate of disabling hearing loss prevalence in the world has tripled to 360 million people and we have a much better appreciation of the far reaching consequences of untreated hearing loss. Unfortunately, roughly 80% of those affected with hearing loss live in low resource areas that do not have adequate access to care.

The new resolution includes language that requires regular progress reports and commits the WHO to continue working on this important issue. Below is a copy of the new resolution. But the passage of this resolution is far from certain. As otolaryngologists, we desperately need to reach out to our government officials to support this resolution. Please take a few moments to contact your Ministry of Health and ask them to vote yes on this resolution. A list of WHA delegates is also attached to this email.

 

Devt New WHA Res & Action Plan on HL Training Highlights B139_5-en

LIST OF DELEGATES WHA 2016 A69_Div1Rev1-en

WHA 2017 Provisional Agenda A70_1-en PDH highlights

WHA 2017 Resolution on PHI B139_REC1-en