First-Class Clinical Services Are Possible in a Developing Country Speech, Language, and Hearing in the Gaza Strip World View
World View  |   May 01, 1997
First-Class Clinical Services Are Possible in a Developing Country
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Franklin H. Silverman
    Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • Robert Moulton
    Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
  • Contact author: Franklin H. Silverman, PhD, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
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Hearing & Speech Perception / International & Global / World View
World View   |   May 01, 1997
First-Class Clinical Services Are Possible in a Developing Country
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1997, Vol. 6, 5-7. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0602.05
History: Received August 13, 1996 , Accepted November 12, 1996
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1997, Vol. 6, 5-7. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0602.05
History: Received August 13, 1996; Accepted November 12, 1996
Imagine that you are living in a developing country in which there are thousands of children and adults who have communication disorders and no qualified professionals, facilities, or equipment to help them. And to make matters even worse, imagine that your country is under military occupation and economically among the poorest in the world. Suppose that you wanted to remedy this situation, not by developing minimal speech, language, and hearing clinical services for your people, but by developing world-class ones. Could you succeed? The results of a 4-year training and infrastructure development program in the Gaza Strip—the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Gaza Project—suggest that it is possible to do so. A brief description of the project is presented here. It is our hope that the information will be helpful to persons who want to develop high-quality clinical service programs for persons with speech, language, and/or hearing impairments in other developing countries.
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