The Centre was formally launched on 3rd October 2010. Mr Javed Abidi was the Chief Guest and Dr PV Ramesh, Principal Secretary Health, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Dr R. Pararajasegaram, Advisor Sightsavers Interantional and Prof. Andrew Smith, ICEH, LSHTM, London were the guests of honour at the launch. Prof. K.Srinath Reddy, President PHFI presided over the launch meeting which was attended by 150 guests.
The first short course on Public Health Planning for Hearing Impairment was organized from 4th-8th October 2010 at Hyderabad. 40 participants from 6 countries were enrolled for the course. The course was conducted with support from ICEH, LSHTM, London and was funded by CBM, Germany and CBM, India.