HEALTH, HOPE AND HAPPINESS IN AFGHANISTAN: 2018 BAYAT FOUNDATION – STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION AFGHANISTAN HEARING CARE MISSION RESTORES THE HEARING OF 1,500 AFGHANS

Kabul, Afghanistan—October 8, 2018—Demonstrating its unbreakable commitment  to provide Hearing, Healing and Hope to all Afghans affected by deafness or hearing impairment, The Bayat Foundation ,together in partnership with Starkey Hearing Foundation (www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org), announced the successful completion of their Fifth Annual Bayat-Starkey Afghanistan Hearing Care Mission.

Hosted on the grounds of Kabul’s Bayat Media Center (BMC), from October 1st to October 5th, The 2018 Bayat-Starkey Afghanistan Hearing Care Mission provided more than 1,240 Afghans affected by deafness or hearing impairment with The Gift of Hearing, through the provision of hearing aids as well as hearing assessment and treatment services.

The 2018 Afghanistan Hearing Care Mission was launched with an October 1st Dedication Ceremony, hosted by Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Co-Chairman of the Bayat Foundation and Chairman of The Bayat Group. Speaking to an audience of Afghan government officials, Starkey Hearing Foundation partners, NGO representatives and volunteers from The Bayat Group and Bayat Foundation, Dr. Bayat thanked the audience for their “fierce determination to deliver the Gift of Hearing—the gift of connection to a better life—to the thousands of patients and their extended families we help today.”

The Dedication Ceremony was attended by a number of senior government officials, and civic leaders, including Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health, Mr. Nader Naderi, Chief of Independent Administrative Reform, Mrs. Zohra Yusuf Daoud, Adviser to the First Lady of Afghanistan, and Dr. Kenneth M. Holland, President of The American University of Afghanistan.

 

The 2018 Afghanistan Hearing Care Mission is the fifth in a series of joint missions by the Bayat Foundation and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which since 2014, has provided The Gift of Hearing, and vital hearing aftercare assistance to more than 7,000 Afghans living in every region of the nation.

Throughout the 2018 Afghanistan Hearing Care Mission, each individual seeking treatment for deafness or hearing impairment was examined by members of the Bayat-Starkey Hearing Care Teams. Each Bayat-Starkey Hearing Care Team is comprised of an international group of Audiologists, Hearing Care Specialists and highly trained volunteers from The Bayat Group and The Bayat Foundation.

Interacting with every patient in a caring, compassionate and effective manner, members of each Bayat-Starkey Hearing Care Team delivered high quality hearing care to every patient by utilizing a rigorous patient assessment and treatment process:

The intake process included recording vital statistics of each patient, conducting a thorough examination of the ears and auditory system, and also, cleaning the ear and auditory system. After cleaning the ears and auditory system, each patient was fitted with a set of ear molds—clear, wear-resistant plastic discs used to house the hearing aids that were provided without cost to each patient.

After completing intake, volunteers escorted each patient into the treatment area, where the Bayat-Starkey hearing care team, together with specially trained volunteers, fit each patient with the hearing devices that empowered each patient—many for the first time in their lives—to use the precious, powerful gift of hearing, sound and their voices to connect with the world.

“In four years, from 2014 to 2018, The Bayat Foundation, together with the Starkey Hearing Foundation—our partners in compassion and caring—have provided The Gift of Hearing to more than 7,000 Afghans,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Co-Founder of The Bayat Foundation and the Chairman of The Bayat Group.

“In Kabul, Herat, Mazar, Jalalabad—in so many cities and villages throughout Afghanistan—The Bayat Foundation and The Starkey Hearing Foundation are providing Afghans with Hearing, Healing, and above all, better Health, and hope for a better life,” Dr. Bayat said.

“When we restore a person’s hearing, we help them connect with their families, their communities and the wider world,” said Mrs. Fatema Bayat, the Co-Founder of The Bayat Foundation. “With every new mission, our ability to provide Afghans with Hearing and Hope continues to grow. Together with our partners from the Starkey Hearing Foundation, in the years to come, we’re determined to help even more Afghans receive the Gift of Hearing and the gift of connection to a healthier and happier life.”

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