Starkey Hearing Foundation hails First Lady Esther Lungu

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Starkey Hearing Foundation hails First Lady Esther Lungu

WASHINGTON DC- TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 - The Starkey Hearing Foundation has commended First Lady Esther Lungu for the leadership she has demonstrated in Zambia which has seen the establishment of the first ever hearing training institute in the country.

Starkey Hearing Foundation President and Board Chair Richard Brown says Mrs. Lungu’s passion to help people with hearing impairment has made Zambia a model in African by providing training of audiologists from different parts of the continent.

Mr. Brown notes that Zambia which had only one audiologist catering for a population of close to 15 million people with over nine hundred thousand people with hearing impairments will now spearhead training of specialists in the field.

He said this on Sunday night during the award ceremony of Mrs. Lungu with the prestigious 2017 humanitarian award at the “17th Annual So the World May Hear Award” held at Saint Paul River Center in Minnesota of the United States of America.

Meanwhile, Starkey Hearing Foundation co-founder Tani Austin has also hailed Mrs. Lungu for her passion in serving people in the country especially those in the remote parts of Zambia.

And during the award gala, the First Lady was treated to red carpet press interviews from local media of Starkey and other media like Fox News.

Mrs. Lungu was also given a standing ovation by a crowd of over 1,600 delegates that were in attendance during the award gala.

The First Lady has since dedicated the 2017 Starkey Hearing Foundation award to people who have selflessly served to ensure that people with hearing impairments experience the gift of hearing.

Mrs. Lungu further commended Starkey Hearing Foundation – Zambia Executive Director Dr. Alfred Mwamba for ensuring that training of audiologists in the country is achieved.

Meanwhile, the First Lady has concluded her program in Minneapolis, USA and has described the awarding of the 2017 Starkey Hearing Foundation award as a humbling moment.

Mrs. Lungu was accompanied by her Senior Private Secretary Florence Chawelwa, Esther Lungu Foundation Trust programme Coordinator Mildred Chuumbwe was seen off on Monday morning July 17, 2017, at Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport by Zambia’s Charge’ d’Affaires Joseph Chilaizya.