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Hearing Testing in Tonga

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 will be carried out in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa which is the capital of Tonga with the participation of the Audiology Department from Melbourne University and the Ministry of Health, Tonga.  Melbourne University Audiology Department has been working with the Rotary Club of Hampton for several years, supporting the screening of pre-school children in Hampton.

Project objectives are to Identify any hearing problems which may require further attention by specialist medical personnel.  The project is expected to result in significant benefits to the child’s educational and social development. In addition to the children, other beneficiaries of the project will 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.

The Rotary Clubs of Hampton and  Nuku'alofa are seeking interest from Rotary Clubs and other parties in providing support to this project to supplement a Global Grant, for which we are making application with the intention to implement the project in 2021-22. 

You can make a tax-deductible donation through Rotary Australia Overseas Aid Fund (RAOAF). To do this click RAWCS/83-2020-21.

You can also make a donation to the Rotary Club of Hampton.  For details click here.

An outline of the project design, expected benefits, sustainability and estimated costs may be reviewed by down-loading the brochure HERE.

For further information please contact:

Peter Read
Chair, International Service

Phone :+61 417779976
Email: peterlread@bigpond.com


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