Uganda Hearing Health Care Program
Country of Operation
- University of British ColombiaNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryUganda Hearing Health Care Program is focused on training providers on addressing chronic ear infections complicated by perforated ear drums and ear drainage issues.
Hearing issues can be particularly problematic for the pediatric patients as it can negatively impacts school learning activities and social development with other children. By training health care providers who deal with these issues, the Uganda Hearing Health Care Program hopes to create a sustainable benefit for the people of Uganda.
Key program components
The main focus is the training of providers through education of local Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeons (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons) and providing them with equipment needed for ear surgery, thereby allowing ultimacy for independent practice in Uganda. Since its launch, the project has expanded considerably to include a broader range of health and educational services with the addition of experienced personnel in Nursing, Biomedical Engineering and Anesthesiology. Project group members take trips to see the patients in different centers and also perform surgeries in concert with the local Ugandan surgical team and in conjuction with local otolaryngologists being instructed and assisted in provision of care for otolaryngologic disorders.