Global Hearing Health Coordination Center (GHHCC)

The House Institute Foundation’s Global Hearing Health Coordination Center showcases current humanitarian efforts in ear and hearing care around the world.

Are you a hearing health professional? You can volunteer and make a difference.

Welcome to the Global Hearing Health Coordination Center – an online platform that lists sustainable otology and audiology projects around the world. The purpose of this resource is to help coordinate ear and hearing-related humanitarian efforts. We seek to facilitate communication between health care professionals and identify opportunities for volunteering and partnership building across countries. Let’s make access to ear and hearing care a reality for all!

We are actively growing this living resource into a comprehensive directory of sustainable projects. You can support the development of our new site by spreading the word and sharing any sustainable projects you know of that accept volunteers. We will happily do the research to supplement any program information you provide with greater detail.

How do we define sustainable?

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How we define sustainable

The following criteria is what we will be using to determine the sustainability of projects. If you are unsure if a project qualifies, please submit it anyway.

  1. A collaborative effort between more than one individual/institution (the local institution and the assisting institution); often the assisting institution is located in another country, but not strictly. Both institutions should consider themselves to be long-term partners with the other in a joint project.
  2. At least two sequential collaborative occasions where the assisting institution and the local institution come together, at the local institution, for a block of time to do focused work (examples: humanitarian surgery/hearing aid fitting/fundraising effort/advocacy with ministry of health or education, etc.).
  3. The effort has gone on for 2 years or more.
  4. The work done by the assisting institution is not reimbursed by payment to the assisting institution (patients/recipients may be asked to offset some costs to the local institution, for example on an ability to pay basis, but remuneration should not be given to the assisting institution). This does not preclude grant funding or fundraising that may assist both the local and assisting institution.

Thank you for your support!
Questions? Reach out to Erin at eodonnell@hifla.org.