The recipient of the 2017/18 Richard Seewald Award—named after Professor Dr Richard Seewald, who spearheaded the development of a DSL method for fitting hearing systems to children—is the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss (GFCHL), Sonova announced. The annual prize by Sonova’s Hear the World Foundation honors outstanding projects benefiting people in need with hearing loss around the world. The Foundation’s mission is to support disadvantaged people—particularly children—with hearing loss around the world. The GFCHL, led by Paige Stringer, has been a Hear the World Foundation project partner since 2011 and helps medical and educational partners in low and middle-income countries to develop early identification of hearing loss and treatment that young children need to reach their full potential.

Paige Stringer

Paige Stringer

The Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss sees its mission as helping to raise awareness for the potential of children with hearing loss when appropriate support is in place, and to help develop sustainable and comprehensive audiological care and early intervention services in the countries where these children live. Since 2011, the GFCHL, with financial, technological, and technical support from the Hear the World Foundation, has successfully built capacity in challenging environments such as Vietnam, Mongolia, and Ecuador.

Outstanding project work

The Hear the World Foundation honors the professional and effective project work of the GFCHL led by Founder and Executive Director Paige Stringer.

“Paige’s work is exceptional,” said Seewald, a member of the Hear the World Foundation’s Advisory Board. “She has the ability to identify locations where there is great need and to organize highly effective projects applying internationally-accepted best practice procedures.”

“I am grateful to receive this award on behalf of the GFCHL and our professional team and in-country partners who display incredible dedication and willingness to step up to the challenge of extending help to young children in need,” said Stringer. “It is such an honor to receive this recognition for our collaborative efforts to ensure that babies and young children with hearing loss have every opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter where in the world they live.”

Source: Hear the World Foundation

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