Earcare Foundation was accepted in July 2019 as a member of the new World Hearing Forum, is a global advocacy alliance of all stakeholders in the field of hearing established by the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote ear and hearing care worldwide.

 The Forum will be facilitating the implementation of WHO resolution WHA70.13 on “Prevention of deafness and hearing loss” and supporting member states. This resolution calls upon Member States to integrate strategies for ear and hearing care within the framework of their primary health care systems, under the umbrella of universal health coverage. It also requests WHO to undertake a number of actions for promotion of ear and hearing care at global level.

According to WHO, approximately 466 million people globally live with disabling hearing loss, 34 million off whom are children. 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings – this number is expected to grow significantly unless action is taken to prevent and manage hearing loss.

We thank WHO for accepting EARCARE FOUNDATION as a Forum member and, as such, we look forward to being active and collaborative.

The World Hearing Forum first opening Membership Assembly will be held on the 4th and 5th December 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland at the WHO Headquarters.


Report on the First General Membership Assembly of the
World Hearing Forum (WHF) held at the headquarters of the World Health
Organization (WHO) in Geneva on December 4-5, 2019.

In July 2018, WHO announced the creation of the World Hearing Forum, a global network of stakeholders promoting ear and hearing care worldwide. The World Hearing Forum fills a critical gap by bringing a collective vision to advocacy and collaboration in this field.

The WHO World Hearing Forum had its inaugural meeting of over 130 stakeholders from around the world in December 2019 to provide a unified approach to the prevention and effective treatment of deafness and hearing loss.  In addition to the World Hearing Report, there was also a focus on promoting the Make Listening Safe Global Public Health Initiative. World Hearing Day (which is held on 3 March every year) as well as other initiatives to promote effective resource utilisation for treatment and preventative care of ear disease and hearing loss, particularly in resource-limited settings throughout the world.

The assembly was a unique opportunity for EARCARE FOUNDATION to increase its visibility and continue working towards a more inclusive Africa
and World. It also opened the possibility for a collaborative effort with other

The first World Hearing Forum membership assembly was very a productive meeting which emphasised a collaborative effort and it was particularly encouraging to see that we at Earcare Foundation are on the right path for contributing towards a more inclusive society for all in Africa and the rest of the world.