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Building capacity – training in pediatric hearing care for partners

From 19 to 23 August, a course in pediatric hearing care took place as part of the Summer Academy of the Academy of Hearing Aid Acoustics (afh) in Lübeck. For the first time, the Hear the World Foundation has enabled three project partners to participate in this course.

Building capacity: “I want to offer my patients the best possible service”

Twelve project partners of the Hear the World Foundation responded to the announcement for the training course in pediatric hearing care in Lübeck. Hear the World selected three participants from these twelve applicants. Gladys from Lebanon, Myroslava from Ukraine and Elizabeth from Kenya completed various e-learning modules and webinars prior to the course. During the one-week course in Lübeck, they were able to concentrate fully on practice with patients. During this course, the participants deepened their knowledge in the field of pediatric hearing care while expanding their network, and were able to exchange ideas with other experts.

Three participants, one goal: to improve provision of audiological care in their country

“I want to offer my patients the best possible service,” says Elizabeth from Kenya, who works as an audiologist in the audiology department at Kijabe Hospital. Another aspect of the course praised by the participants was the hands-on training with patients. “Thanks to this training, I have gained more confidence and can now care for patients even better,” says Gladys from Lebanon. Another important point of the training is the multiplication factor, whereby participants can pass on what they have learned to their colleagues at home. “I’m looking forward to going back to the Ukraine and passing on what I've learned to my colleagues, who are eager for knowledge. Pediatric hearing care is always a matter of teamwork, and that’s why sharing knowledge is essential,” says Myroslava, a Hear the World partner from Ukraine.

Sustainability as an important part of aid work

By investing in local specialists, the Hear the World Foundation is creating the necessary local resources to ensure that the population will no longer be dependent on foreign specialists for audiological care in the future. Last year, the Hear the World Foundation trained a total of 275 professionals. They pass on their knowledge to colleagues at home and thus achieve a high multiplication factor. “Long-term sustainability is an integral part of our mission. Training local staff is essential to ensure hearing services continue to be offered to the community after our work is complete,” says Jean Ann Schnittker, Audiologist, Research and Development at Sonova and member of the Hear the World Foundation Board.

The training in Lübeck was a good opportunity for me to deepen my knowledge. I look forward to applying everything that I have learned in my daily work, including the various testing procedures that have to be performed to make a diagnosis. My new knowledge enables me to test children for hearing loss in my home country of Lebanon with the same quality as children in Europe – that is very important to me.»
Gladys Asmar, Beirut (Lebanon), pediatric nurse and audiology assistant at IRAP, a school for children with hearing loss.