Papua New Guinea
Giving a sign
In no other country in the world is there such a high percentage of the population with hearing problems as in Papua New Guinea. This is why for years we have been promoting the spread of a sign language that can be used throughout the country. In this context, we won a huge victory in 2015: the national government recognized sign language as a fourth national language, alongside Tok Pisin, English and Hiri Motu.
Overall our programmes benefited 23,052 people that are deaf or hard of hearing last year, and provided rehabilitative assistance for 14,329 children.