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Hearing Testing in Tonga

Assessing the Potential for a Primary-School Hearing Testing Project in Tonga

The Rotary Club of Hampton’s Chairman for International Service Peter Read, recently visited Tonga to meet with officials from the Tonga Ministry of Health and community members, to discuss a new project the club is developing. The objective of the proposed project is to develop the capacity within Tonga’s health system, through the provision of training and specialist equipment, to undertake regular screening of the hearing of young children within the country.

It is intended that the initial training program will commence with 5-6 year-old children who have recently started Primary School. Following initial activities in Tongatapu, the main island in Tonga where there are 7000 children in this age group, it is expected that the program will be extended in subsequent years to other population centres in Tonga.

The project would also involve the active participation of the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa which is the capital of Tonga, and the Audiology Department from Melbourne University, who have been working with the Rotary Club of Hampton for several years, supporting the screening of pre-school children in Hampton. The beneficiaries of the project, in addition to the children, will also be staff of the Tonga Ministry of Health, particularly the ENT Department of Vaiola Hospital and at the regional Community Health Centres.

The Rotary Club of Hampton hopes to attract the interest of other Rotary Clubs and other organisations, to join with us in delivering this highly beneficial project.

For further information please Contact Peter Read at: peterlread@bigpond.com

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