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June 2016 Guyana

Starkey Hearing Foundation was honored to host the First Lady of Guyana, Sandra Granger, during our hearing mission training in Guyana where we trained hearing health care providers from 14 Caribbean countries and providing more than 60 people with hearing health care and hearing devices.

Foundation co-founder, Tani Austin, escorted Mrs. Granger through the hearing mission training site, visiting with patients and explaining our simple, sustainable and scalable WFA® community-based hearing health care model. The visit further solidified the relationship between Starkey Hearing Foundation, Granger, and Guyana’s Ministry of Public Health as they advance the future of hearing health care in Guyana.

The relationship and support will allow for many people in need in Guyana and across the Caribbean to receive much-needed hearing health care and hearing devices, where the World Health Organization estimates more than 2.6 million people have hearing loss.

Specifically, this hearing mission training will give providers from Guyana and other countries from the Caribbean the knowledge and skills they need to provide hearing health care in their communities.

First Lady Sandra Granger provided hands-on support during the hearing mission, including fitting hearing devices for 10-year-old Daniel, who brought joy to the entire site when he began hearing for the first time. 

“There is so much hearing care need here in Guyana,” First Lady Sandra Granger said. “It’s wonderful to have created this partnership with Starkey Hearing Foundation to help provide much needed support where it is needed most.”

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