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A British audiology student in Zambia

The aid organization Sound Seekers is committed to helping children with hearing loss in the poorest regions of Africa. As part of a project being run at Ndola Central Hospital in Zambia, a young audiologist is spending six weeks training a local team in order to establish a sustainable audiological service there.

Place & Year

Zambia, 2014

Project Partners

Sound Seekers

Support

Funding

Main Focus

Children Providing audiological care for children in low-income countries is a focal area of the Hear the World Foundation’s activities.
Professional training The Hear the World Foundation supports projects that enable continuous audiological training for professionals on site.
Prevention of hearing loss The Hear the World Foundation globally promotes awareness for the topics of hearing and hearing loss and thus actively contributes toward the prevention of hearing loss.
Programs for parents & families By supporting self-help groups for parents, the Hear the World Foundation makes an important contribution, thus ensuring that affected parents receive specific help and assistance.

The people of Zambia have limited access to audiological care. The country currently has just one trained audiologist, Alfred Mwamba, to serve its population of just under 14 million. He works for Sound Seekers on a part-time basis at the audiological department of Ndola Central Hospital (NCH). However, since he lives and works some 200 miles away in the capital city Lusaka, he is only able to support the hospital’s local audiology team to a limited extent. As part of her Master’s degree studies in the UK, young audiologist Minal Patel is now coming to the aid of Alfred Mwamba and his colleagues at NCH.

Passing on knowledge – to ensure better local care in the long term

For six weeks, Minal will be providing intensive support and training for the audiology staff at NCH, assisting with examinations and helping Alfred Mwamba wherever she can. The purpose of her visit is to train a strong local team to further develop the audiological expertise available at NCH. The Hear the World Foundation is providing financial support for the project.