Sound Seekers

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Deafness and hearing impairment is a “silent epidemic” in developing countries. Late identification and poor treatment prevent children with hearing loss from accessing education, condemning them to poverty. This project will ensure children are identified and given a chance to improve their lives.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1013870)

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    Category

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

    Helping

Location

Situation

Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Babies face a minefield of health risks and survival can come at a price. Treatment of illnesses that commonly affect children, such as malaria, measles, TB, rubella, and meningitis, can involve the use of ototoxic drugs - which can cause hearing loss. There is no programme to check whether children exposed to these medications have suffered damaged hearing. They are not identified or supported and miss key stages of cognitive development.

Solution

Sound Seekers will work with Alfred Muamba, the only audiologist in Zambia, and the University Teaching Hospital to create a sustainable paediatric audiology service. Children who present at hospital with risk factors associated with hearing loss will be tested, treated where necessary, and supported educationally. The project will also include prevention work through early identification of predisposing factors for hearing impairment and awareness raising.