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International Ear and Hearing Care Day - 2014

 Nikul (6yrs) both have a congenital hearing impairment
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5 million people in India are hearing impaired (census 2011). 50% of hearing impairments are preventable. The majority of people with hearing impairment are children. (WHO)

Facts on hearing impairment

One of the invisible form of disability is hearing impairment. It is referred to as invisible disability because one can’t identify a person with hearing impairment until they express themselves. Majority of people with moderate to profound hearing loss live in low and middle income countries such as India. A large number of those affected by hearing loss can be benefited through medicines, surgery and use of hearing devices. Raising awareness and improving access to services at the primary level can help to reduce the prevalence and adverse impact of hearing loss.

CBM India initiatives

In collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO), CBM plays a crucial role in the prevention of avoidable hearing impairment across the globe. CBM India in collaboration with Sound Hearing 2030, initiated awareness and advocacy programmes with Government of India and other institutions working for people with hearing impairment. The major objective of this initiative is to create awareness and spearhead development of policies to eliminate preventable hearing impairment. CBM India has been working closely with institutions that  cater to the needs of children with hearing impairment and supports them by providing both technical and monitory aids to ensure inclusion.

Why 3rd March?

This date was selected due to the shape of the numerical 3.3, being representative of the two ears. In 2007, China Rehabilitation Research Center for Deaf Children (CRRCDC), Beijing, China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) and WHO jointly hosted the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment in Beijing. A key output of this conference was the "Beijing Declaration" which included the following prominent recommendation: Establish “International Ear Care Day,” for promoting global actions on hearing care, and minimising the occurrence of hearing impairment. This year the global theme for the day is: Ear care can avoid hearing loss.
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Why Vidya must go to school

We all feel very strongly about the need of education for enabling children to find opportunities and addressing development challenges of the country


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