During the last three decades, Sri Lanka has experienced unprecedented levels of internal conflict and civil war, which has resulted in massive loss of life, destruction of property and increased poverty in the most war-ravaged areas of the country.
Inevitably, the impact on the basic infrastructure in the worst hit areas has been profound, meaning that important facilities such as schools and healthcare have been affected – to the great detriment of the people who need these services the most.
Since the cessation of all conflict, the present administration in the country, with aid from other countries are restoring the infrastructure and facilities in order to address the quality of life of the people.
The National Plan for the Prevention of Hearing Impairment and Deafness, Sri Lanka
According to a recent WHO interview, disabling hearing loss is the second most prevalent disability in Sri Lanka, where 9% of the population is affected, thus a dedicated national programme of action has been developed in order to fully address the complex mix of issues here.
The mission of the National Plan for the Prevention of Hearing Impairment and Deafness was launched in September 2012 by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, with the aim of reducing the burden of hearing impairment and deafness in the country by 25% by the year 2030 and thereby improve the quality of life of all people. One of the areas for the pilot project is the Jaffna district in the Northern Province, where the Nuffield Deaf & Blind School is located at Kaithady.