Society for Assistance to Hearing Impaired Children (SAHIC)
Country of Operation
- National Center for Hearing and Speech for Children (NCHSC)Not-for-profit
SummarySAHIC runs mobile ear camps that focus on prevention, detection, and treatment of hearing impairments especially in children and also offer ENT (ear, nose, and throat) treatment. SAHIC also operates a hospital specializing in ENT and head and neck treatment/surgeries that serves all Bangldeshis.
The objective of the society was to prevent an early detect hearing impairment, to treat the diseases that may cause hearing impairment and rehabilitation of hearing impaired, especially children.
Key program components
SAHIC is a voluntary NGO established in 1987 for prevention, early detection and rehabilitation of the hearing impaired in Bangldesh, especially children. _Ear Camps:_ The Society's first project was the Mobile Rural Ear Camp organized in February 1990 at Kaligonj, Gazipur. The ear camp reached out to the poor patients of the remote villages of the country who are unable to seek help for their illness due to financial and communication problems. They established a centre of excellence at Dhaka to train doctors and paramedics for effective prevention, early detection and rehabilitation of hearing impairment, especially in children and treatment of ENT (ear, nose, and throat) diseases that may cause hearing impairment amongst the population. _ENT Hospital:_ The hospital began operations in July 1990, with 20 general beds and 8 cabins, undertaking all types of ENT and Head & Neck surgery, including microsurgeries in a well-equipped operation theatre. Almost every year, experts in the field of microsurgery from abroad visit the hospital to perform advanced surgeries. The aim of the services is to satisfy the need of the patients at any cost. The operation charges are fixed at a rate affordable to the common people on the basis of actual cost of materials and staffing. 20% to 100% subsidy is available to the poor and destitute patients upon verification of inability to pay the charges fixed by the authority. These facilities are open to all citizens of Bangladesh.
SAHIC is the brain child of Prof M. Nurul Amin, an eminent ENT specialist of the country and established the society with like minded dedicated friends and social workers with only five thousand Bangladeshi currency(BDT) capital as personal contribution of him in 1987. The idea of SAHIC was conceived from personal experience as a practicing ENT specialist seeing the problem of hearing impairment amongst the population, specially children, leading many of them to live a disabled life. It was conceived with the UNO declaration and WHO resolution passed in the General Assembly of 1986 about the hearing disability and identification of ear infection as the major cause of hearing impairment (about 65% of the total hearing impairment / deafness) which are preventable and avoidable. The Centre received the affiliation of Hearing International (H.I.), International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Society (IFOS) and International Society of Audiologists (I.S.A.) due to satisfactory services rendered to the needy patients in the year 1997, and working in close cooperation with those international organizations, as well as WHO Society received a lot of in-kind support such as instruments, equipment, books, training of personnel from WHO for the National Centre for Hearing & Speech for Children, Specialized ENT Hospital, Hearing test laboratory and library.