This project will provide equipment to perform hearing tests and fit hearing aids for young children in the rural Eastern Free State area of South Africa, where no such service currently exists.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Deaf children from the rural Eastern Free State in South Africa need to travel for 7 hours to the nearest government hospital where audiological services are offered. Waiting lists at this facility are 4-6 months, and the funds to supply hearing aids usually runs out well before the end of the financial year. Our project will provide these children with a brighter future, as better accessibility to audiological services will improve their chances of learning to talk and attending local schools.
How will this project solve this problem?
Children who need further hearing tests referred from screening projects at the local clinics will receive a full hearing test at our clinic within two weeks of referral. Deaf babies will receive state-of-the-art hearing aids within two weeks after diagnosis. This will eliminate the need to wait and travel extensively to attend appointments, as research has shown that every day counts when dealing with hearing loss. They will also be provided with auditory-verbal therapy and speech therapy.
Potential Long Term Impact
Hearing loss in children affects communication, emotional development, academic performance, social isolation and employment later on in life. By helping deaf children in a timely manner and providing them with support, we aim to improve their language skills, help them excel in mainstream schools and give them equal opportunities for employment as their normal-hearing friends. We aim to help 12 - 16 out of 1000 children from birth to 18 years of age, as this is the current prevalence rate.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,745
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,745 . The original project funding goal was $50,000.