Photo Gallery: Professional course in Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment

Photo Gallery of ongoing professional course in Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment. This training is being conducted virtually.

Date: 4th to 8th July 2022

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The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a world-leading center for research and postgraduate education in public and global health with over 4,000 students and more than 1,300 staff working in over 100 countries. The school is one of the highest rated research institutions in the UK and was recently cited as one of the world’s top universities for collaborative research.

The International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED). is based at the London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine. It forms part of Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health. ICED is currently led by Professor Hannah Kuper and Professor Tom Shakespeare. Its mission is to provide evidence to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities globally. It develops tools, techniques and evidence on disability, leading to scalable interventions that can improve people’s lives across the world.

WHO estimates in 2018 indicated that 466 million people (6.1% of the world population) had disabling hearing loss. This number is expected to rise to nearly 2.5 billion people by 2050. Nearly 80% of people with disabling hearing loss live in low- and middle-income countries. Most of these countries do not have national programme to prevent and manage hearing loss.

The course will familiarize participants participants with public health approaches to ear and hearing health and show how to develop programmes for prevention and management at the local, district or national level.

  • The major preventable causes of hearing impairment in low- and middle-income countries are middle ear infections, Excessive noise, inappropriate use of certain drugs, problems during childbirth and vaccine preventable infections.
  • At least half of all the hearing impairment are preventable.
  • Detecting and responding to hearing impairment in babies and young children is vital in the development of speech and language.
  • Properly fitted hearing aids can improve communications in at least 90% of people with hearing impairment.
  • In developing countries, fewer than 1 in 40 people who need a hearing aid have one.

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