VIETNAM -- MONGOLIA -- ECUADOR
There are approximately 42,000 children under the age of 5 with hearing loss in Vietnam. Vietnam has a shortage of trained professionals and resources to serve these young children and their families.
The Global Foundation has been working in Vietnam since 2010 in partnership with Thuan An Center, Ho Chi Minh City University, and Tuong Lai school. Our Vietnam Program is helping the country develop a stronger network of support across education and health care for young children with hearing loss who are learning to listen and talk.
Training programs covering pediatric audiology, speech pathology, auditory-verbal practice, and early intervention are offered to Vietnamese teachers, therapists, audiology technicians, and medical professionals. Participants engage in the training programs over time to build their skills. They are prepared not only do the work themselves, but to train others in the country, making the benefits exponential -- and sustainable.
Hearing aids are provided to children in need. These children are then supported ongoing in their listening and spoken language development by the Vietnamese professionals we have trained.
Global Foundation professionals from US, Canada, Singapore, and Hong Kong designed the curriculum and travel to Vietnam throughout the year to lead lectures and clinical sessions with families. Consultation support and video work are provided when the team is not in the country.
The Global Foundation has also supported development of three educational centers in different regions of Vietnam that provide pediatric audiology and early intervention services to young children with hearing loss. These centers are staffed by Vietnamese professionals that have been trained by the Global Foundation.
Since Summer 2010, we have trained over 220 teachers, 270 families, and 125 medical and other professionals. We have fit hundreds of hearing aids on young children. Our Vietnam Program is directly benefitting over 1000 children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Please visit our Success Stories page for testimonials from grateful parents. The Director of Thuan An Center in Vietnam wrote this letter reflecting on progress made and the impact of this program.
Hearing screening is not a standard of care in Mongolia, increasing the risk for late identification of hearing loss in babies and young children.
The Global Foundation, in partnership with the Ulaanbaatar medical community, is helping to establish and develop a universal early detection program for the country that includes training in pediatric audiology and early intervention. The Mongolia Ministry of Health has endorsed the program.
The program launched in September 2016 with the Global Foundation providing hearing screening equipment to all three maternal hospitals, the General Hospital, and Children's Hospital in the capital of Ulaanbaatar. The maternal hospitals account for about 45% of babies born in Mongolia. Training was provided to medical professionals about newborn hearing screening, use of the equipment, and basics in pediatric audiology and auditory-verbal therapy. The hospitals are now using the equipment and developing necessary processes and systems to support the overall program.
The Global Foundation will develop and implement a training program in auditory-verbal practice and pediatric audiology for medical professionals who will be working with the babies and young children identified through the screening effort. The program will eventually be scaled out to the provinces outside the capital.
The program is projected to benefit 6,000 babies and young children with hearing loss in the first five years of full implementation.
The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador recognizes a need to train and upgrade the skils of their medical and therapy staffs involved in their national pediatric hearing health program to better serve children with hearing loss and their families. It has invited the Global Foundation to help address this need.
In January, 2017, the Global Foundation is launching a multi-year program in Ecuador that features training for Ecuadorian medical professionals and therapists in newborn hearing screening, pediatric audiology, early intervention, and auditory-verbal practice. Education and awareness of pediatric hearing loss will be provided to families.
An estimated 10,000 children under age 5 are affected by hearing loss in Ecuador. Our partnership with the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador will enhance the quality of care in prevention, diagnosis, and habilitation for these children.
DID YOU KNOW?
HEARING LOSS IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST COMMON DISABILITIES AND YET ONE OF THE LEAST SUPPORTED.