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NCHAM: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University

Last Updated: 7/8/10


  • Population (mid-2008)(1): 44.4 millions
  • Annual # of births (2007)(2): 876,000
  • Institutional births (2000/7)(2): 92%
  • GNI PPP per Capita (US$) 2007(1): 6,640
  • Infant Mortality rate(1): 19
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NHS Legislation:

In Colombia, legislation regarding the rights of people who are deaf or hard of hearing, which includes wording related to NHS, was passed in 2005 (Ley 982, 2009). However, the NHS component has not yet been implemented. Although a few hospitals possess the equipment needed to provide hearing screening, only a handful of professionals are reportedly aware of the program (Brigard de Pardo, 2002).

UNHS Program Information:

Between May 2002 and February 2004 CINDA foundation, an institution dedicated to providing services to young infants with hearing loss, performed hearing screening tests on premature babies using ABR technology in four Bogota area birthing hospitals. This was done in an attempt to sensitize health providers about the importance of NHS (Carvajalino, 2004).

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  1. World Bank, Population Reference Bureau (2008). 2008 World Population data sheet. (PDF)