Operation Ear Drop Kenya is a charitable organization, registered as a Non- Governmental organization, which has successfully provided service to improve the lives of thousands of hearing impaired children in Kenya for over 10years.
Initially, the program was primarily providing free ear surgery for needy children in Nairobi Hospitals using volunteer ENT specialists from the Netherlands. Thereafter a hearing health and rehabilitation program was started, which included distribution of hearing aids to schools for the deaf as well as training teachers of the deaf in the making of ear moulds for their pupils.The introduction of a formal surgical training program for the Kenyan ENT Surgeon as part of the goals of the visiting Dutch surgical teams in 1987 was a major turning point in OED. A state of the art Temporal Bone Dissection laboratory and annual course was set up. This Course is a prerequisite for any surgeon planning to perform specialized ear operations. To date literally all practising Kenyan ENT Surgeons practicing Otology, now numbering over forty five have passed through the OED Temporal Bone Course.
What We Do:
In 2001, a Kenya chapter of OED was officially registered as an NGO. The formation of the Board of OED Kenya has lead to a greater Kenyan involvement in planning and operations of OED. Consequently there has been further expansion of the programme to include an ENT Outreach as well as fundraising activities largely as a result of this bigger local representation.
The programme continues to be funded largely from generous donations from the Netherlands. The future will see more collaborative activities between the Kenyan and Netherlands boards of Operation Ear Drop as we partner towards our common goal. What we believe will determine our continued success and growth is however the contribution we as Kenyans will make to support OED.
Operation Ear Drop comprises of a board of volunteer local professionals working with volunteer Dutch and Kenyan ENT surgeons, Audiologists and trainers of teachers for the deaf to provide hearing health services to the less privileged in our society. OED has been and continues to carry out activities in the following areas of hearing health:
- Free Ear Screening at Nairobi City Council Schools in Collaboration with the Nairobi City Council Health Department.
- Free Ear Surgery sessions at the Kenyatta National Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Eldoret
- Training of postgraduate ENT doctors in Ear Surgery.
- Provision of Ear Surgery equipment to Provincial Hospitals.
- Training of special education teachers in hearing assessment and taking care of hearing aids.
- Medical and surgical outreach camps in provincial and district hospitals across the country.
- Screening of noise induced hearing loss, health education and provision of ear protectors to Jua Kali artisans in collaboration with the Retirements Benefit Authority.
- Free Ear Surgery Sessions at the Gertrude’s Garden Children’s Hospital.