UCL Ear Institute


Ear Institute Student attends World Health Forum

15 January 2020

Rishi Mandavia (ENT Doctor and PhD Student, UCL Ear Institute) attended the World Hearing Forum in Geneva on behalf of the UCLH BRC Deafness and Hearing Theme.

World Hearing Forum Logo & Rishi at the Forum hall


In December 2019, The WHO held its first World Hearing Forum. The forum represented a global network of stakeholders promoting ear and hearing care worldwide, aiming to promote action for ear and hearing care through global advocacy. Rishi Mandavia Ear Institute PhD student attended together with representatives of governments, non-state actors, WHO collaborating centres, professional societies, and industry partners.

The objectives of the meeting were to:

  • share the vision, mission and actions of the World Hearing Forum;
  • engage members in the Forum’s Working Groups and actions;
  • propose an advocacy action plan for the next two years;
  • serve as a platform for exchange of views among members;
  • explore options for resource mobilization.

Reporting from Geneva Rishi said "The meeting was huge success bringing together expert stakeholders from across the world and across disciplines. Four groups were created to address the following themes: 1) Make Listening Safe; 2) World Hearing; 3) World Report on Hearing; 4) Fostering role models and champions in the field of hearing care. These groups will report back at the next WHO Hearing Forum in 2021. The ULCH BRC Deafness and Hearing Theme will continue to engage as a member of this exciting Forum".