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About the project

The Challenge

Operation Ear Drop Kenya (ODE-K) has been providing preventive, surgical and rehabilitative services to the hearing impaired Kenyans who are unable to access these services due to financial problems, unavailability of specialized services in their areas and lack of appropriately trained health workers. They required an Endoscopic ear surgery equipment that would support their outreach programmes across the country.

The Intervention

Safaricom Foundation handed over an Endoscopic Ear Surgery equipment worth KES 3,859,293 to Operation Ear Drop Kenya (ODE-K) to support outreach programmes for the hearing impaired. This was during the free ear surgical camp at Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital (KUTRRH).

The Impact

At least 240 people in eight counties with hearing impairment are expected to have their hearing restored which is opening up their life opportunities. Over 80 patients have so far been reached in Nairobi, Kisii, Laikipia and Kisumu counties. Moreover, the medical equipment is assisting in performing technologically advanced operations in theatre as well as teaching all theatre staff and students during rural surgical outreaches.

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