“Our mission is to create avenues that put a stop to the intense and high increase in hearing loss and ear problems in Africa.”
Kemi Remi-Dairo, an entrepreneur and the CEO of KRD chef services and Events Expert, stated this ahead of the launch of her book titled ‘My Silence World’ and the unveiling of KRD Hearing Foundation.
The events will take place this weekend (Sunday ) in Ikeja , Lagos.
According to her , Kemi Remi-Dairo Hearing Foundation is a non-profit foundation with the major aim of providing possible medical treatment platform, access to financial/technical support and education to the public on the gift of hearing and speech to people with hearing loss in Nigeria and Africa.
“With the help of medical and surgical treatment, awareness creation on prevention of noise pollution around, providing hearing technologies, speech and hearing rehabilitation, and educational support to those financially incapable.
“We are working with special team that consists of an otology surgeon, audiologists, a speech-language pathologist, an educational consultant, international NGOS and a psychologist both locally and international. We serve people of all colors, creeds, and nations of origin,” she said.
NIGERIA AS A CASE STUDY
She further noted: “Research has shown that most children with hearing challenge find it difficult to perform well in the society based on their silent world, this has kept them from being productive and isolated for so long.
The foundation with different programs at intervals will help aid their lifestyle better and also put an end to their isolation.
Nigeria as a case study, the prevalence rate for deafness in Nigeria is about 6.7 per cent of the population.
“It is quite high, because it shows we have millions with hearing impairment in the country. researched as at 2016.”
According to WHO – Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss (1), and 34 million of these are children.
It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss. 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes. 1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.
Unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual global cost of US$ 750 billion. Interventions to prevent, identify and address hearing loss are cost-effective and can bring great benefit to individuals.
People with hearing loss benefit from early identification; use of hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive devices; captioning and sign language; and other forms of educational and social support.
“The foundation came about to help the crusade of this prevention and cure to reduce the damage for the benefit of our environment,” said the statement.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The year was 2013. It started out like every other event. For high profile event-planner, Kemi Remi-Dairo, one singular circumstance would change life as she knew it, forever.
For the next five years, Kemi was thrust into a silent world that left her shattered, confused and trapped in a nightmare, all on her own.
In My Silent World, Kemi shares her harrowing reality of hearing loss, the frustration and challenges in trying to communicate, her journey to finding herself, and the glimmer at the end of the tunnel.
Laugh. Cry. Be inspired by Kemi’s story of triumph, her inner strength and a never-give-up spirit.