Launched on February 12, the NASMAA cochlear implant campaign targets only deaf children aged 5 or under and from poor families, as specified by the Ministry of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality, and the Family as well as the Lalla Asmae Foundation for deaf children.
In a joint update, the Ministry of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality, and the Family and the Lalla Asmae Foundation indicated that the NASMAA program is intended for children from disadvantaged families who hold the Ramed card and who are 5 years of age or younger.
The NASMAA program is part of the strengthening of transversality and the convergence of the efforts and interventions of the Ministry of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality, and the Family, the Ministry of Health, the Foundation Lalla Asmae, and Entraide Nationale, to promote the rights of children with hearing disabilities in Morocco and to support their social integration, in particular by allowing them to regain hearing, to go to school and to reduce financial costs resulting from the process of cochlear implantation and hearing and speech therapy for their families.
Indeed, said program includes all the stages of the process of caring for deaf children, from surgery for cochlear implantation to monitoring the health of beneficiaries, in particular through speech therapy and hearing rehabilitation services. Within two years, the initiators of the NASMAA program aim to reach more than 800 deaf children across the country. According to the results of the second National Disability Survey in Morocco, the disability prevalence rate at the national level is 6.8%, or 2,264,672 people, the rate of functional disability related to hearing representing 22, 1%.