HYDERABAD: The 6th Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment (PHPHI) course under the aegis of the South Asia Centre for Disability Inclusive Development and Research (SACDIR), a Centre of Excellence (CoE) of Public Health Foundation of India is being organized in Hyderabad between 06th to 10th September, 2016 at the Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad (IIPHH).
Supported by the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the course attracted around 50 participants from different parts of the country at IIPHH’s centre located in Kavuri Hills, Madhapur Hyderabad.
In his inaugural address, Prof. Andrew Smith elaborated on the application of principles of public health to hearing impairment. He also highlighted other issues like the existence of global programmes for hearing impairment and their necessity; ICF and its application to hearing impairment; and new approaches for advocacy and health promotion.
Prof GVS Murthy, Director of SACDIR and IIPHH deliberated on Public health; introduction to study designs, research methods including Key Informant methods.
While pointing out that the aim of the course was to enable participants to understand the magnitude and causes of hearing impairment and the challenges of providing hearing health in developing countries, prof Murthy said the course will familiarize participants with public health approaches to ear and hearing care and show how to develop programmes for prevention and management.
“The main purpose of this course is to build the capacity of the participants in planning for control of hearing impairment and deafness in their respective communities,” he added.