Papua New Guinea
Giving a sign
Papua New Guinea has one of the world’s highest rates of hearing problems: 3.6 million people have hearing problems, often caused by malaria, middle ear inflammation or other untreated diseases. Many villages are hard to reach and access to proper health care is a challenge. In addition to Community Based Rehabilitation, Inclusive Education programmes and eye health programmes we have supported the development of a sign language that can be used throughout the country.
Following the huge success of governmental recognition of the sign language as a national language in 2015, we are now supporting the training of teachers and sign language interpreters. In 2016, 28,565 people benefitted from our work, 15,821 of them hard of hearing or deaf.