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.
When we started working at Ndola Central Hospital in 2012, there was no audiology service, but we are now proud to say that there is a fully equipped audiology suite where qualified professionals provide much needed services.
Sound Seekers is running a pioneering tele-audiology project in Zambia. Shannon Kruyt, our Consultant Audiologist, provides remote support to the team in Ndola from her base in Cape Town. In 2014, Shannon carried out what we believe was the first remote hearing aid fitting in Africa, and now several patients have been fitted in this way.
In 2014, seven Clinical Officers in Ndola were trained in primary ear and hearing care. They are now busy running cascade trainings for local teachers and community health workers, who will then run monthly activities in their communities to increase knowledge and awareness of healthy ears and hearing.
Sound Seekers is supporting Dr Alfred Mwamba to set up a diploma training course in Audiology in Lusaka, Zambia, with the help of volunteer Gemma Twitchen. In 2015, we are sponsoring Nurses from Cameroon, The Gambia and Zambia to do this course.
If you would like to learn about the experiences of our volunteers in Zambia, then please visit our volunteers page.