Over 4,000 hearing aids were donated to four cities in Uganda by the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Helping those in needs, the foundation worked closely with both Pros for Africa and Global Health Corps to offer 4,100 hearing aids to local communities in Kampala, Gulu, Kasese, and Kisoro.
Barbara Bush, CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, said: “Our ability to dream big ignore the status quo and achieve results with missions like this one in Uganda ensures that by working together, every woman man and child has the opportunity to live a healthy life.”
Ms Bush will be honoured at a special fundraiser and annual ‘So the World May Hear Gala’, which will be on July 28th. The Gala last year raised $7.6 million (£4.96 million), which will help fund the various missions that the organisation undergoes every year.
As part of the Pros for Africa team, various NFL players such as Roy Williams and Ted Ginn got involved with the proceedings and visited missions in Gulu and Kampala. The players helped to fit the hearing aids onto patients and helped with giving children a new lease of life. One of the players NaVorro Bowman added: “This is a memory that will be with me forever.”
Starkey Hearing Foundation particularly focuses on hearing loss to help improve the lives of individuals all over the world, fitting in over 100,000 hearing aids every year. Currently, 300 million people are suffering from hearing loss across the globe, according to official figures by the World Health Organisation.
In the UK, companies like Leightons offer state-of-the-art hearing aids for those who need them. Only then can individuals connect well with the friends and families who are around them.