A call for linguistic and culturally congruent family-centred early hearing detection and intervention programmes in South Africa

South African Journal of Communication Disorders

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Title A call for linguistic and culturally congruent family-centred early hearing detection and intervention programmes in South Africa
Creator Maluleke, Ntsako P.
Subject Hearing loss; Early Hearing Detection and Intervention; Childhood early intervention; EHDI; family-centred early intervention; FCEI; hearing impairment; hearing screening.
Description Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programmes are recognised as the standard of care for newborns and infants presenting with hearing impairment, globally. However, widespread implementation of these programmes is far from being realised and faces numerous challenges within the South African context. The United Nations’ sustainable development goal 3.8 and South Africa’s national development plan seek to achieve equitable access to healthcare service, including EHDI. However, healthcare access is a complex concept which encompasses the dimensions: availability, affordability, acceptability and accommodation in healthcare. South Africa has made great progress towards universal implementation of EHDI programmes. Despite this progress, availability and affordability of these programmes are limited and their acceptability has received limited research focus in this context. Furthermore, accommodation of caregivers, as co-drivers of EHDI programmes and ensuring that EHDI programmes are linguistically and culturally congruent have also been overlooked within the South African context.Contribution: Increased robust efforts in improving access through availability and affordability of EHDI programmes are warranted in South Africa. However, improving access to these programmes through availability and affordability initiatives alone will not result in a pragmatic improvement in their accessibility. Acceptability of these programmes and accommodations such as involving caregivers and family members of children with hearing impairment as equal partners in EHDI programmes and being cognisant of their linguistic and cultural needs must be considered.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2024-03-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Opinion paper
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajcd.v71i1.992
Source South African Journal of Communication Disorders; Vol 71, No 1 (2024); 4 pages 2225-4765 0379-8046
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa Childhood Age
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