Basic audiology service
We’re supporting our partner Mbingo Baptist Hospital to establish a basic audiology service. As well as training two nurses to diploma level, we’re providing them with equipment, consumables and sending out volunteers to support them. Located in a rural region of the Northwest Province, north of Bamenda (9 hours journey from Yaoundé), Mbingo Baptist Hospital is run by the Cameroon Baptist Convention, the second largest healthcare provider in the country.
School improvement programme
We’re helping Mbingo Baptist Convention School for the Deaf to tackle some key challenges including infrastructure repairs and maintenance, providing new furniture and learning materials, training teachers on teaching methodologies and/or sign language and embedding hearing aid use.
Primary ear and hearing care
This new project which starts in January 2016 aims to take the key messages of primary ear and hearing care (covering prevention, basic remedies and when to refer for medical attention) to the grassroots level, by using nurses to educate community health workers and teachers. These messages will then be disseminated into communities through education sessions in schools, places of worship and community centres.
Area: 475,400 square kilometres
GDP per capita: U.S. $1,700
GDP per day: U.S. $5
- There are no fully qualified native audiologists in Cameroon
- In 2013 there were 37 ENT doctors working around Cameroon – 15 of them privately. It is uncertain if all are trained to the same level.
- There are several schools for deaf children but none of them are government funded.
Conor Boland, an Audiologist from London, volunteered in Cameroon in 2013.
“I spent 2 weeks at Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Cameroon, working with the ENT department setting up an Audiology service, and training one of the nurses to fit hearing aids. Within a couple of days of arrival, the team and I were able to start seeing patients and making an impact. The experience of going to an undeveloped country where people have very little is eye opening, and I’ll remember it wherever I end up practising in years to come. I would recommend any hearing professional looking to make a difference to work with Sound Seekers, and go out on a trip.”
Our partners in Cameroon
- Mbingo Baptist Convention Integrated School for the Deaf
- Mbingo Baptist Hospital