World Health Assembly 2024

Side Event on Ear & Hearing Care

Changing the current status of Ear and Hearing Care (EHC) globally, particularly in Low- and Middle-income Countries (LMICs), requires the joint efforts of World Health Organisation (WHO) member states and civil society. This is needed to address the inclusion of EHC within national strategies to achieve Universal Health Coverage. It starts by initiating the process leading to a new World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution on EHC to induce this change.

The WHA Resolution on the Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss (WHA70.13) was adopted by WHO Member States in 2017. Despite that comprehensive resolution, much work still needs to be done seven years later, particularly in limited resource settings.

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Join us in advocating for support to change the current status of Ear and Hearing Care (EHC) globally, particularly the inequity of access to EHC in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). This event aims to raise awareness and initiate the process leading to a new WHA Resolution on EHC to induce positive change

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Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 28th of May 2024

Time: 14:45 to 16:15 CEST (Switzerland time)

Location: Impact Hub Genève, 1 Rue Fendt, Geneva 1201, Switzerland, and online

Hybrid modality: In-person and virtually


  • ATscale: Dr Satish Mishra, Head of Global Programmes and Markets
  • Christian Blind Mission (CBM): Dr Diego Santana-Hernández, Senior Ear and Hearing Care CBID Advisor
  • International Federation of Hard of Hearing persons (IFHOH): Carole Willans, President
  • International Federation of Otorhinolaryngology Societies (IFOS): Prof Milan Profant, Slovakia / Dr Racheal Hapunda, Zambia
  • International Society of Audiology (ISA): Prof George Tavartkiladze, Russia / Dr Patricia Castellanos, Guatemala
  • Representatives from Slovak Republic and the Republic of the Philippines
  • The Global Coalition of Parents Of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (GPODHH): Snigdha Sarkar, India / Ann Porter, Australia
  • World Federation of the Deaf (WFD): Kasper Bergmann, Vice-president
  • World Hearing Forum (WHF): Dr Jacqueline Drexler, Switzerland, WHF Changemakers workstream
  • World Health Organisation: Dr Alarcos Cieza, Head of the Integrated Service Delivery Unit and the Sensory Functions, Disability and Rehabilitation Unit, WHO Department of Noncommunicable Diseases/ Dr Shelly Chadha, WHO Technical lead Ear and Hearing Care programme (EHC)