PSA Charitable Foundation connects with the global community. WHO Roundtable
31st World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP 2019) was held from August 18th to 22nd. This international annual meeting gathered professionals and scholars in the field of speech-language from all over the world. During the five-day meeting, keynote speeches and nearly 400 research papers on the topics of audiology and speech-language pathology were presented.
Among which, the most exciting event was the WHO Roundtable. Professionals and scholars were gathered together to join Professor Shelly Chadha, the renowned audiologist from WHO Geneva, in a videoconference. Centered on the topic of Global Action for Hearing, Prof. Chadha discussed the general situation and trends of the world from the perspective of incidence rate of hearing loss, causes, and potential after-cost. The most important concept in her speech was quite shocking. Many studies showed that without proper treatment, hearing loss might affect learning and even result in developmental delay in children. It could affect work performance for adults and result in lower average income. In the elderly groups, it could cause dementia more easily and increase the risk of falling. In accumulation, the international cost of hearing loss has reached $750 billion dollars, which is 7-10 times that of the annual budget of world health sectors. Fortunately, the situation could be changed through strategic prevention, education, and action.
PSA Charitable Foundation is honored to be invited to share the experience concerning hearing health initiative in Taiwan. Over the years, the Foundation has worked hard and dedicated in the field step by step, from Hearing Month fair for the press, community hearing care service for over ten thousands people, hearing aid bank service, to many more related activities. In terms of public health education, the Foundation emphasized the importance of hearing health through the hearing screening service and promoted health awareness among hearing loss groups from a professional and empathetic position. PSA Charitable Foundation has voiced at the international organization for Taiwan and displayed our effort and results in hearing health action from the aspects of individual, family, group, and society.
Now we can proudly claimed that we did it! As a private foundation, we expect to lead the way and to urge the government to face the effect of hearing health on the whole society and make plans and policy to support hearing healthcare. At the meantime, we will continue the hard work to guard the hearing health for our people.