There is only one audiologist in Zambia for a population of approximately 14 million people! His name is Dr Alfred Mwamba and he works for Sound Seekers on a part-time basis. He is playing a pivotal role in training a team of people from Ndola Central Hospital in the Copperbelt Region of Zambia to establish a basic audiology unit. Sound Seekers provided a HARK vehicle for outreach and in 2012-13 we sponsored Mr Kalwa Nsenga – a Zambian Clinical Officer – to do the one year diploma in Clinical Audiology and Public Health Otology at the University of Nairobi.
Alfred is also spearheading the tele-audiology project in Zambia and Malawi which will enable him to provide remote support to the team in Ndola from his base in Lusaka. In autumn 2013 Shannon Kruyt, an audiologist from South Africa, visited Ndola to assist Alfred with the launch of the tele-audiology project.