ASHA Renews Status With World Health Organization ASHA has renewed its status as a non-state actor (NSA) in official relations with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). The status, which follows an exhaustive analysis, allows ASHA to continue working with PAHO to strengthen the knowledge ... ASHA News
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ASHA Renews Status With World Health Organization
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ASHA News   |   October 01, 2018
ASHA Renews Status With World Health Organization
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 63. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.23102018.63
The ASHA Leader, October 2018, Vol. 23, 63. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.23102018.63
ASHA has renewed its status as a non-state actor (NSA) in official relations with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The status, which follows an exhaustive analysis, allows ASHA to continue working with PAHO to strengthen the knowledge and build the capacity of Latin American and Caribbean professionals and institutions that address speech, language, swallowing, hearing and balance disorders.
PAHO first conferred this status (then called “non-governmental organization”) on ASHA three years ago. The nature of the collaborative work remains the same.
“We have been honored to work with these countries, so far, building solid foundations for the provision of comprehensive services for treating communication disorders,” says Elise Davis-McFarland, ASHA president.
The collaboration has operated in Honduras, El Salvador, Guyana, Paraguay and Belize, where ASHA members of ad hoc ASHA-PAHO committees work with key stakeholders to develop a sustainable project that supports people with communication disorders. ASHA recently received the “Power of A” gold award from the American Society of Association Executives for its work with PAHO countries.
In the past five years, ASHA-PAHO ad hoc committees have:
  • Helped the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras create the curriculum for its new phonoaudiology program (a combination of audiology and speech-language pathology). The 37 students enrolled in the program are expected to graduate in 2020 and will be the first to hold a degree of this kind in Honduras.

  • Helped to develop a comprehensive educational resource package, in Spanish, for professionals who treat children and adults with hearing loss at El Salvador’s Instituto Salvadoreño de Rehabilitaciín Integral.

  • Worked with Guyana’s Ministry of Health to strengthen the country’s approach to early detection and intervention in communication disorders. They developed a new speech-language/audiology program at the University of Guyana. ASHA recruited 18 faculty members for the program, and the program’s five students will graduate in December 2018.

  • Conducted three train-the-trainers workshops in Paraguay.

  • Began planning work activities in Belize.

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