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Audiology Outreach

8 Jan
The Frank Hilton Organization which is the Suva Branch of the Fiji Crippled Children's Society, has for many years provided services to children with disabilities in Suva.
Today marks a momentous occasion when we take the first step to expand our outreach to the West.
The Audiology Department plans on screening approximately 600 children from six Special School from the 6th- 10th of November.

The team started in Ra on Monday and wrapped up in Sigatoka on Friday.

Many thanks to Dr. Donna Carkeet and Dr. Oh who volunteered their time and services to make this project a success.

306 children from 6 special schools were screened

60 children received treatment from ENT who joined us for a day.
66 children referred to hospitals for follow up treatment
58 identified for further diagnostic testing at FHO Suva clinic.
126 cleared and will not require any further action!!!

224 children were absent from school on the day of screening or were not consented for screening.

The Western Special Schools outreach project was a great experience for the team. Lessons learned will take us back to re evaluating our community awareness and education strategies to ensure parents, teachers and community at large understand the many contributing factors that cause hearing loss in children; as well as identifying hearing impairment at an early age.