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Speaking points for Ambassador Elisabeth Jacobsen at the launch of “The Mobile Hearing Clinic” - Deaf Aid, 17.2.2010.
I’m pleased to be here at the launch of the Mobile Hearing Clinic. Thanks to Deaf Aid, represented by Country Director Jean Claude Adzalla and Head of Deaf Aid Marit Kolstadbråten, for the invitation to be the Chief Guest today.
Thanks also to the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health for their commitment and partnership with Deaf Aid, in order to make the Mobile Hearing Clinic Project be realized.
It was interesting to visit the assessment centre for children here at St Anne’s this morning. And the entertainment by the children from the Green House Early Childhood Development Centre, St Anne’s Primary School and the Karen Technical Institute for the Deaf was very impressive.
Deaf Aid is a small NGO started in Norway, which has the ability to reach out to the Kenyan community.
The Norwegian Embassy identifies with the vision of Deaf Aid which is “an inclusive society” where children and youth are well taken care of,
where everyone is included and has a value. This is in line with the The Norwegian Embassy’s development programme in Kenya where we support promotion of human rights and development of political reforms,
with the aim of having an inclusive society where all citizens can participate meaningfully and have their voices heard. Children and youth are particularly important groups in Kenya.
They need meaningful activites which can give them hope for the future.
If not they are easy prey for groups who wish to engage them in violence and crime.
We all remember the Post-Election Violence where Kenyan youth fell victim to this.
We support the work of Deaf Aid because they:
Reach out to the target group of deaf children
Raise awareness broadly and promote preventive measures to avoid children with hearing impediment from becoming excluded.
We also commend Deaf Aid for successfully establishing partnerships with many different partners: civil society, churches, the private sector and the Government of Kenya. In the long term, it is their wish that the Government, as the duty bearer, can take over the full responsibility.
The aim of Deaf Aid’s programme is to give deaf children and youth an equal opportunity to develop and reach their full potential. Early identification and intervention is an important component of their programme.<span> </span>With early identification and intervention – children with hearing loss can be assisted appropriately, receive education and be able to contribute to society, instead of becoming “a burden”.
The purpose of the Mobile Hearing Clinic is to reach more children and youth to identify children with hearing loss.The Mobile Hearing Clinic will be able to reach 25.000 children and youth in the wider Nairobi area.
Deaf Aid’s ultimate aim is to see the GoK implement/develop a universal hearing screening programme for children – as part of the government’s health care system.
I would like to stress the importance of Deaf Aid’s partnership with the GoK.<span> </span>Kenya has ratified the UN Convention on the rights of people with disability and has therefore committed to follow up the responsibilities laid down in the Convention.
Deaf Aid is partly supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, NORAD, but the main part of the funding is raised locally in Norway.