Safaricom Foundation, Operation Ear Drop Kenya Partner to Support the Hearing Impaired

The Foundation officially handed over an Endoscopic Ear Surgery Equipment to support ODE-K outreach programmes for the hearing impaired

From left, Chair Medical Committee Operation Ear Drop Kenya- Prof Isaac Muthure Macharia, Chairperson Operation Ear Drop Kenya- Dr. Chimmy Omamo Olende, Safaricom Foundation trustees Fawzia Ali and Petra Migisi.

Safaricom Foundation handed over an Endoscopic Ear Surgery equipment worth Kshs 3,859,293 to Operation Ear Drop Kenya (ODE-K) to support outreach programmes for the hearing impaired.

The ceremony took place at Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital (KUTRRH) during a free ear surgical camp which has been ongoing since Monday, 30th August.

The partnership aims to provide 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.

At least 240 people in eight counties with hearing impairment are expected to have their hearing restored thus opening up their life opportunities.

Over 80 patients have so far been reached in Nairobi, Kisii, Laikipia and Kisumu counties. 

The medical equipment will assist in performing technologically advanced operations in theatre as well as teach all theatre staff and students during rural surgical outreaches.