Issue of Sustainability in Global Humanitarian Programs Sustainability is an important goal for any humanitarian program to ensure that the people served derive benefit from the effort long after the program is completed. Sustainability targets also help with fundraising as donors look for evidence that their contributions will lend to lasting change. But what programming elements lead ... Article
Article  |   February 28, 2017
Issue of Sustainability in Global Humanitarian Programs
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  • Paige Stringer
    Founder and Executive Director, Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss, Seattle, WA
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / International & Global / Part 1
Article   |   February 28, 2017
Issue of Sustainability in Global Humanitarian Programs
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 3-8. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.3
History: Received October 3, 2016 , Revised November 13, 2016 , Accepted December 22, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 3-8. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.3
History: Received October 3, 2016; Revised November 13, 2016; Accepted December 22, 2016

Sustainability is an important goal for any humanitarian program to ensure that the people served derive benefit from the effort long after the program is completed. Sustainability targets also help with fundraising as donors look for evidence that their contributions will lend to lasting change. But what programming elements lead to sustainability? The Global Foundation for Children With Hearing Loss has been addressing that question in Vietnam with a holistic programming model that emphasizes collaboration, training, and distribution of resources over direct service by foreign professionals. As a result of the Global Foundation's Vietnam Program, the Vietnamese are prepared to address the needs of children under 6 years of age with hearing loss themselves and also are empowered to share their knowledge with other professionals and families. The Vietnamese are taking ownership of what they have learned to implement, improve, and otherwise fill gaps in their system of support for their young children with hearing loss. The insight from this article could help other humanitarians who have placed priority on sustainability in their own international programs.

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