Prevention of blindness and deafness

International Ear Care Day: 3 March 2014

The Minister of Health, Swaziland, delivers a speech on International Ear Care Day as a sign language interpreter translates.
The Minister of Health, Swaziland, delivers a speech on International Ear Care Day as a sign language interpreter translates.

The International Ear Care Day aims to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world. This year the theme for the International Ear Care Day was Ear Care Can Avoid Hearing Loss. To mark this day, WHO undertook a global campaign focused on healthy ear care practices at all ages. Member States and WHO collaborating centres were involved in the commemoration of the 2014 International Ear Care Day. Click here to read more about the international Ear Care Day.

WHO network of collaborating centres for prevention of deafness and hearing loss

WHO network of collaborating centres for prevention of deafness and hearing loss. Read more about the newly formed WHO network of collaborating centres, its members and activities.

Global estimates

In 2012, WHO prepared new estimates on the magnitude of disabling hearing loss. These reveal that 360 million persons accross the world live with disabling hearing loss. Read more about the global estimates on deafness and hearing loss

Deafness

AREAS OF WORK:

Epidemiology and economic analysis

Promoting surveys and gathering data for measuring the burden of deafness and hearing impairment.

Strategies for prevention

Developing strategies for prevention: currently addressing ototoxic drugs, chronic otitis media, excessive noise, provision of affordable hearing aids.

National programmes

Assisting countries to develop national programmes for prevention of deafness and hearing impairment.

Raising awareness

Raising awareness, knowledge and skill amongst primary health care and other health workers.

Primary ear and hearing care training ressources

Primary ear and hearing care

A training resource aimed at reducing deafness and hearing problems in developing countries

Photo stories

Photos and stories of people living with hearing impairment.

Fact file

Facts about deafness and hearing impairment.

NEWS

Multi-country assessment of national capacity to provide hearing care

Millions of people in the world have hearing loss that can be treated or prevented

Community-Based Rehabilitation

Contact us

World Health Organization Prevention of Blindness and Deafness (PBD) 20 Avenue Appia CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland whopbd@who.int