Update from Rwanda
August 30, 2016
BENEFITING: Chmc Otolaryngologic Foundation Inc
One of the most important aspects of a person’s life is the ability to communicate with others. This privilege, however, is not afforded to millions of children worldwide due to poor medical attention. In the USA hearing assessments are given to newborns to test for hearing loss at birth, therefore allowing for a diagnosis and intervention at a young age. Rwanda does not have this policy and almost 190,000 deaf children currently live here. The social, economic and educational impact on this group of children is immense and can be largely alleviated by early hearing detection and subsequent medical intervention.
Additionally, children who are deaf or hard of hearing are ostracized from their community. Early detection leads to early intervention, and this in turn will help to educate families as to the potential for a full and productive life for their child with the use of hearing aids and sign language.
In August of 2016, I will be traveling to Rwanda with a medical team from Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Otolaryngology. I will be part of a two person team administering hearing tests to children at schools and hospitals. The short term goals are identification and intervention; the long term goal will be the development of a sustainable audiologic program. However, without the proper audiologic equipment I will not be able to take this first step. With your contributions we can make a difference for hundreds of young children in Rwanda. For this trip I will need:
1)Two Audiometers for hearing testing
2)Disposable equipment for the Audiometers
3)Toys/props used for testing infants and young children
All donations will be collected by the Department of Otolaryngology, a 501c3 charitable entity. Donors will receive a tax deduction receipt from Crowdrise.