Globally, 32 million children have permanent hearing loss, whilst 19 million are visually impaired. 90% of these children reside in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Sensory impairments impact childhood development and academic success. In LMICs like South Africa, early detection services are inaccessible due to prohibitive costs and lack of trained personnel. hearX Group, in partnership with the Carel du Toit Centre & Trust, are implementing a decentralised programme to ensure access to healthy hearing and vision services to open the way to learning for preschool children. The innovative model utilises mHealth solutions, operated by non-professionals recruited from the community, to provide joint sensory screening and linkage to care. The programme aims to reach 10,000 children by April 2019 and plans to scale the model across South Africa.
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