Andrew Smith confirmed as speaker

Professor Andrew Smith
London School of hygiene and Tropical Medicine

My main interest is to study, promote and teach the epidemiology, control and rehabilitation of deafness and hearing impairment in less developed parts of the world.

I am a member of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED).

I have been principal investigator or provided technical advice in surveys and intervention studies on hearing impairment in various low and middle-income countries around the world.

Before joining LSHTM in 2008, I was responsible for the programme for Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment at the World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva, Switzerland from 1996. I continue to support WHO activities in this field.

Prior to WHO, I was head of the Hearing Impairment Research Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. Before that, I worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan amongst Afghan refugees, and the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) in The Gambia. I originally trained as a paediatrician in the UK, Canada and South Africa, and subsequently developed interests in international public health.

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Presentation abstract
The global burden of hearing loss is large and rising rapidly. The public health approach to hearing loss is needed to reduce this burden, especially in low and middle income countries where almost 90% of the people with hear-ing loss live.

Prevention is one of the key components in the public health approach to deafness and hearing loss. This has been recently highlighted by the 2017 World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution on Prevention of Deafness and Hear-ing Loss. This presentation will address prevention of hearing loss In the light of this new WHA resolution. It will describe the different methods of prevention recommended by the World Health Organisation (primordial, prima-ry, secondary, and tertiary prevention) and the challenges and benefits of including these methods in national health programmes.