Basic audiology support
This project provides support to our partner Ndola Central Hospital to establish a basic audiology service. We’ve trained nurses to diploma level and provided them with equipment, consumables and volunteer support visits. When we started working there in 2012, there was no audiology service. There is now a fully equipped audiology unit where qualified professionals provide much needed services. We’ve also provided the audiology service with one of our HARK vehicles to reach communities in more remote areas.
This project uses the internet and the latest audiology technology, to connect qualified audiologists to less qualified technicians, providing real time audiology services (including hearing aid fittings). We’ve linked the team in Ndola to an audiologist based in Cape Town, who provides training and helps with complicated patients. In 2014, we did the first remote hearing aid fitting in Africa.
Targeted paediatric screening
Identifying children who are at above average risk of hearing impairment early means they can be helped with appropriate audiological and educational support. Our targeted paediatric project aims to screen babies who are at risk for deafness, within their first few weeks of life. Those diagnosed with hearing loss will be managed immediately and supported educationally. If appropriate, hearing aids are fitted to give these children the opportunity to develop the best possible speech and language.
Diploma training course for hearing technicians
We are currently supporting Dr Alfred Mwamba (the sole audiologist in Zambia) to run a diploma course for hearing aid technicians in Lusaka. Our support includes: visiting lecturers, provision of equipment and text books and sponsoring students to do the courses.
Primary ear and hearing care
We take the key messages of primary ear and hearing care to the grassroots level, by using nurses to educate Community Health Workers and Teachers. These individuals then disseminate these messages deep into their communities through education sessions in schools, places of worship and community centres.
Hearing aid refurbishment
We’re reconditioning donated hearing aids at Beit Cure Hospital in Lusaka and sending them out to places that need them all over Africa. This project has provided employment to a Zambian deaf man, who was previously unemployed.
Area: 752,614 square kilometres
Language: 73 different languages spoken
Currency: Zambian Kwacha
GDP per capita: U.S. $800
GDP per day: U.S. $2
- There is currently one Zambian Audiologist and two ENT doctors in Zambia.
- There are several schools for deaf children and a number of mainstream schools have deaf units attached
- Sign language used is American Sign Language
- It is estimated that in Zambia 5 – 10 babies are born with hearing loss every day and many more children will go on to develop hearing impairment later.
Minal, a trainee Audiological Scientist volunteered in Zambia in 2014
“I volunteered in Zambia as a part of my elective for my NHS Clinical Scientist Training Programme. I helped the audiology team at Ndola Central Hospital (NCH) establish a Hearing Aid Fitting Service by training them on how to fit hearing aids – something none of the team there had done before. This definitely will be an experience I will never forget”
Our partners in Zambia
- Ndola Central Hospital
- Kansenshi Basic School
- Beit Cure Hospital
- University Teaching Hospital