1-in-5 people worldwide live with hearing loss (That is 1.1 Billion or roughly 5.5% of the world's population). 49 million are children with disabling hearing loss. $980 Billion - the annual cost of unaddressed hearing loss globally (not including the cost of hearing devices).
In India - 3-in-1000 babies are born with severe to profound hearing loss; That is over 80,000 children every year.
These are the grim figures we face today. Lack of timely intervention, support, and treatment hurts a child's overall development. In this light, global partnerships of the likes of Cochlear Foundation with Mala Fund are surely a great step in the right direction.