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preventing hearing loss in peru - with training

In Peru, according to a study from the National Institute of Statistics and Information (INEI) there are 532’000 people with hearing loss. According to the WHO, half of the cases of hearing loss worldwide could be prevented through early detection and intervention. But many Latin American countries have no national prevention or hearing healthcare program. CBM Switzerland and the Hear the World Foundation make a start by training teachers, social workers and hearing healthcare professionals.                  

Place & Year

Lima, Peru, since 2016

Project Partners

CBM Switzerland



Main Focus

Children Providing audiological care for children in low-income countries is a focal area of the Hear the World Foundation’s activities.
Professional training The Hear the World Foundation supports projects that enable continuous audiological training for professionals on site.
Prevention of hearing loss The Hear the World Foundation globally promotes awareness for the topics of hearing and hearing loss and thus actively contributes toward the prevention of hearing loss.
Programs for parents & families By supporting self-help groups for parents, the Hear the World Foundation makes an important contribution, thus ensuring that affected parents receive specific help and assistance.

CBM Switzerland, a Christian development organization and a part of CBM International, is committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the worlds’ poorest communities. In November 2016, CBM held a Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment (PHPHI) course in Lima, Peru, with the support of the Hear the World Foundation. This is the only course of its kind within the region.


Knowledge transfer and networking

The 5-day course provided essential knowledge about hearing healthcare, audiology, speech and language therapy, education and community-based rehabilitation (CBR) as well as tools for teachers, social workers and hearing healthcare professionals enabling them to develop their skills. Alongside knowledge transfer, the course was also a platform to promote the networking and collaboration of people working in the hearing healthcare sector nationwide. In the long term, CBM aims to become a nationally recognized training hub providing planning, facilitation, technical expertise and mediation for governments, partners and the public to continuously promote the prevention program.