Sound Seekers

Tanzania - mobile hearing centre

Tanzania is one of Africa's poorest nations & suffers high rates of meningitis and measles - significant causes of deafness amongst children. We will provide a mobile earcare clinic, specialist testing facilities, indepth medical training & information to reduce the impact of deafness & ear disease.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1013870)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£1,840

Amount raised

£1,830

Donations

6

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

Situation

Whilst there are two ENT departments in the country (Dar es Salaam and Moshi), there is no public system in place to screen for hearing loss or provide hearing aids & equipment is sorely outdated and in need of replacing. This reflects the fact that there is currently no strategic plan for support of the hearing impaired within the Ministry of Health – something the MOH is now determined to address, in partnership with Sound Seekers.

Solution

MOH and Sound Seekers agree that an audiology outreach service to screen and treat children with infective ear disease, educate parents, and refer more serious cases for medical or surgical treatment in either Moshi or Dar es Salaam would provide the best solution to the lack of a national audiology service. We will provide specialist equipment and set up a hearing aid laboratory/ test room at Muhimbili Hospital as well as an ongoing supply of hearing aids and batteries.