Liebe Friends of Help Alliance und Unterstützer
Working with other´s – unser gemeinsam mit Saigon Children`s Charity 2010 in´s Leben gerufene Entwicklungsprogramm mit dem Schwerpunkt für behinderte arme Menschen übertrifft in seiner positiven Dynamik und den Erfolgen unsere eigenen Erwartungen. Dieses Jahr konnten wir wieder 8 ausgezeichnete Projekte mit Hilfe der Help Alliance auswählen und fördern. Den aktuellen Bericht im Rahmen unserer Förderung des Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss unserer verantwortlichen Sozialarbeiterin Hien möchte wir euch gerne auf diesem Wege weiterleiten.
Dominik Kopp, Lars & Christiane Persson, Hoa Lam Viet, Ton Truong, Tahir Ucmak Help Alliance ProjektTeam Vietnam
Project “Helping Children with Hearing Loss Learn to Listen and Talk”
- Grant Round July 2013
A 3-week training course started the projects of WWO-SCC programs in 2014 (from 06 – 24 January 2014) for teachers, therapists, audiology technicians and ENT doctors under the project “Helping Children with Hearing Loss Learn to Listen and Talk – Advanced training program” organized by the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss. Audiologists Myriam De La Asuncion, Joan Hewitt and Jane Madell, auditory verbal therapists Sally Tannenbaum, Erin Thompson and Sherri Vernelson and surgeon Jay Rubinstein joined with Paige Stringer in the fourth Mobile Mission, which took place in 3 provinces: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Binh Duong.
The Mobile Mission is an important part of the project supporting hearing impaired children in Vietnam organized by the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss. The goal of this program is not only to enhance professional capabilities for Vietnamese experts through providing new knowledge, solving difficulties encountered at work but also to build a model of group cooperation between medical staff, audiology technicians, therapists and teachers who work together to address challenges faced by hearing impaired children.
After 3 working weeks at Children’s Hospital 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, Pediatrics Hospital in Hanoi and Thuan An Education Center for Children with Disabilities in Binh Duong, this program supported more than 20 therapists, 15 audiology technicians and 7 ENT doctors. Live therapy sessions between Vietnamese teachers and therapists and hearing impaired children and their families were carried out under the observation of professionals with feedback regarding expertise and methods of practice appropriate to each case.
Meanwhile, audiologists from the Global Foundation focused on training pediatric audiology technicians methods of hearing testing, hearing aid fitting and cochlear implant mapping. The very special point in this program is that Dr. Jay guided Vietnamese doctors to successfully perform surgery cases of cochlear implants at Children’s Hospital 1 in HCMC and Pediatrics Hospital in Hanoi.
100 children across the country have had hearing test and accurate audiograms together with hearing aids and cochlear implants most properly fit. Above all, the joy is expressed to the fullest in the face of students and professionals who see the tremendous progress in language and communication of hearing impaired children.
The success of this program is clearly seen in therapy classes and teachers’ skillful guidance for parents, more than 100 children across the country have had hearing test and accurate audiograms together with hearing aids and cochlear implants most properly fit. Above all, the joy is expressed to the fullest in the face of students and professionals who see the tremendous progress in language and communication of hearing impaired children.
“Thank you the Global Fund’s experts who have transformed me from a mother who did not know what to do when my son’s hearing loss was detected into a confident mother who now can teach my son at home with the guidance of school teachers.
All that we have now is thanks to the learning from you experts during the past four years” shared Gia Hao’s Mum, mother of a 6-year-old boy in preschool class in Thuan An Education Center for Children with Disabilities.
WWO program which is supported by Lufthansa Help Alliance is proud to become one of the sponsors of this meaningful project. We hope that all Vietnamese hearing impaired children will have the opportunity to get access to programs to learn to communicate by listening and speaking. It is our hope that the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss will continue their support so that Vietnam will have more and more talented audiologists and speech therapists in order to help hearing impaired children early
Reported by Hien