World Health Organisation headquarters, Geneva (Image credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/ - user: Yann)
World Health Organisation headquarters, Geneva (Image credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/ – user: Yann)

In 2010, on learning that the World Health Organisation’s post of officer responsible for the Programme for the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment was at risk of being abolished through lack of funds, HCC took the lead in forming a Consortium with other like-minded NGOs* to persuade the WHO to re-instate the post and provide professional support.

The World Health Assembly adopted the WHA70.13 resolution on the prevention of deafness and hearing loss in 2017. Based on the direction given by this resolution, the WHO has outlined key objectives for its programme of work.  They include the roll out of a programme of support to assist Member States in the integration of primary ear and hearing care (PEHC) into primary health care. Also, the creation of a greater international awareness of primary ear and hearing care at all levels of society from Government policy makers to health personnel and the general population. It has initiated the development of a World Report on Hearing that will be launched on 3 March 2020.

“Unless decisive action is taken, the number of hearing impaired people is going to increase beyond this present 360 million as the result of population growth in developing countries and ageing in industrialised countries”. Lady Jean Wilson, Founder & President, Hearing Conservation Council