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Latest News from the International Communication Project (September 2017)

The ICP newsletter brings you communication-related information and stories from around the world. Continue reading for information on ICP’s efforts to promote International Literacy Day, a new resolution from the World Health Assembly on the prevention of deafness and hearing loss, stories from East Africa and more!

International Communication Project in Action


International Literacy Day
Friday 8 September is International Literacy Day. Declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1965, International Literacy Day aims to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. In 2017 the theme for International Literacy Day is ‘Literacy in a digital world’. The International Communication Project (ICP) is a strong supporter of International Literacy Day. In 2017, ICP is undertaking an online and social media campaign (#LiteracyDay and #IcommunicationP) to highlight the fundamental role literacy plays in the development of an individual’s communication skills. To participate in ICP’s campaign follow us on Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook. The online campaign commences on 1 September.

Uganda has speech specialists to assist people with stammering problems
With a population of over 41.81 million, Uganda has less than 30 speech and language specialists available to help people with communication difficulties. Many of them are working to assist people with stammering problems. Watch this fascinating story by NTV Uganda highlighting the challenges faced by developing countries in handling communication difficulties like stammering. According to a spokesperson for Mulago hospital in Kampala, the speech and language clinic receives between eight to 13 clients each month, most whom are children. Watch the video.


Did You Know?

  • World Alzheimer’s Day, 21 September of each year, is a day on which organisations around the world raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. There are currently estimated to be over 46 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 131 million by 2050.
  • As people age their speech, language, memory, voice and swallowing changes naturally. It is also more likely that older people will acquire a communication or swallowing disorder as they are at higher risk of stroke or developing disorders such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The theme of International Day of Older Persons 2017 is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.”
  • One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. Mental health is related to promotion of well-being and prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of people affected by mental health disorders. Mental health disorders affect a person’s social, emotional and/or behavioural functioning and can be influenced by a number of individual and environmental factors including biological, psychological and social factors. One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year.
  • Each year the United Nations announces a theme for the International Day of People with Disability. The theme for 2017 is yet to be announced. The theme for 2016 was: Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want, which drew attention to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.

Awareness Days Related to Communications


New International Communication Stories

The International Communication Project (ICP) regularly features stories about communication and swallowing difficulties from around the world. If you have a story you’d like to see featured, please email. Here are the latest additions:

Promoting communication as part of the human rights agenda
As a founding member of the International Communication Project, Speech Pathology Australia continues to promote communication as a basic human right. This is something that is central to the Association’s vision and at the forefront of much of its policy and advocacy work. Recently, the Association had the opportunity to raise awareness of communication disability and its impact on all aspects of a person’s life, in relation to a number of human rights conventions: the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more.

Resolution adopted on deafness and hearing loss
The 70th World Health Assembly adopted a new resolution on the prevention of deafness and hearing loss. The resolution requests the World Health Organisation Director-General prepare a world report on ear and hearing care; develop a toolkit and provide technical support to Member States on the above; support development of safe listening standards; and undertake advocacy through World Hearing Day, which is held annually on 3 March. Read more.

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