Since 1995, we have taken an holistic approach to Primary Ear care, treating it as integral to an overall Primary Health Care programme within the low and middle income countries in which we work. We believe that through supporting training education and research we can address and ultimately eradicate the avoidable causes of the invisible disability of hearing loss, which is so often a cause and consequence of poverty.
The UN Convention of Rights on Persons with Disability, states that healthy hearing for all is a human right.
In our early days, we made smaller grants available for research projects and support programmes internationally, in worldwide geographies including Bhutan, China, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa and the UK. Today, we are active in Cambodia, Malawi and Sri Lanka and and have made significant progress in these countries, as well as being fundamental in the formation of a Consortium with the WHO which professionally and financially supports the post of officer responsible for the Programme for the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment.
The Consortium’s work with the WHO has enabled the HCC to extend the scope and scale of our work, as we have been able to influence National Plans for the prevention of deafness in many low and middle income countries with which we’ve come into contact – and it is our intention to expand the breadth of our projects and their geographies so that our impact is a lasting and global one.