Global Grant Award for Luton North
Improving the hearing of Children in Uganda
Vocational Training Team (VTT) GG1864283 $48,494
Local Audiologists, Midwives and Health Care
New equipment installed called Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)
allowing behavioural hearing assessment of children over 6 months of age. This
machine is the first and only one in Uganda. This
training has also produced enough capacity to introduce New Born Hearing and
School Hearing Screening programme, again for the first time in Uganda
The Quality of lives for many children and their parents will
improve as result of our Project. The new data will give the Ministry of Health
an incentive to implement these programmes nationwide.
completed three Global Grants Projects in the past, Luton North Rotary Club has
received the District International Award 2017/2018 for one of its 3 current
projects, a Vocational Training Team (VTT) and Humanitarian Global Grant in Uganda,
working in partnership of the Rotary Club of Sunrise, Kampala. Members of the Sunrise Rotary Club visited the
clinic on two days during the training period. The project was supported
financially by the Rotary Club of Bloomington, Minnesota, USA and District 5950, for which we thank them.
The Award was
presented to the Club by District Foundation and International Committee Chair
Paul Redwood. In presenting the Award he
said, “The Club recognised there is a major problem in Kampala with young children
and their ability to hear. They realised that to undertake the project they
must first confirm that a community assessment was done. To ensure the
longevity it would require a Vocational Training Team to fly out with new
equipment coming from three different countries. This is the first VTT that has
been carried out in our District. The UK Audiologists that are doing the work
have taken their holiday from work to help this amazing project. The
benefits will allow around 700 children the be helped every year and this
will grow as the Training Team pass on to local people and help them to become
The Training team
comprised Dr Paul Choudhury, retired Doctor from Luton. He is an Honorary
Members of the Rotary Club of Luton North and the Rotary Foundation agreed he
should be Team Leader in the absence of Rotarian availability. Other Team
Members, Pam Layton - Chief Audiologist & Community Audiology Services
Manager – Luton and Bedfordshire, and
Elhaam Hashim, St Bartholomew’s Hospital,
London, Health NHS Trust, Senior Paediatric Audiologist, Testing Children
upto18 years of age.
The training took part over 4 weeks. An hour by hour, week
by week, training schedule was produced and agreed by the Rotary Foundation
prior to departure. Specific objectives of the training
- to teach
the trainees how to use the new equipment
provide capacity building skills for the participants to have extra skills
required to treat more children requiring ear treatment.
- to gain skills to pass on their knowledge to
others to ensure sustainability of the work being undertaken by the Training
- to equip Health Care workers to replicate the
service in other Health Care Centres, in Kampala in the first instance.
part of the Grant provided up to date Audiology equipment for the UK Charity
Ian Hutcheon for Children (IHCC) which has been supported by the Rotary Club of
Luton North for several years. The
equipment included Paediatric Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA), the first
in Kampala. This provides a distraction test suitable for infants from six
months to two years old. Dr Choudhury recalls the smiling face of a mother on
being told her baby had perfect hearing. The Rotary Foundation working at its
A popular topic was Safe guarding Children and Child abuse.
About 49 doctors, nurses, and health care workers and others attended. This was
an interactive, emotional, and at times rather controversial session but the
issue was openly discussed.
Another result of the
project is the new school Hearing Screening Service set up using the Mobile
Clinic which was purchased with a previous Global Grant organised by Luton
North. A nurse has been trained for the
screening and will work under the supervision of IHCC .
At the end of the
training Team Leader Dr Paul Choudhury reports that the project has been a
great success with 20 babies screened on the first day by the new trainees
without any problem. At the same day newly, trained audiologists took the
mobile clinic to Kololo Primary School, also problem free. The trainees were
given certificates to show that had they successfully passed the training tests.
Dr Choudhury also reports that training would have been more
effective if an arrangement for the payment of funds was better, with a petty
cash advance at the outset, that’s something to remember for the next VTT.
When looking at Global Grants it’s the outcome that’s
important, not the time it might take to complete. Smiling Faces at the end is
what we look for, that’s what this Project has provided in abundance. In addition we have improved the lives of many
children, giving them a better chance in life and enabling them to be fully
integrated in the community. Parents will lead better lives too knowing that
their children have a better chance.
We are grateful to Team Leader Dr Paul Choudhury who has
been fully committed to the Project from the beginning. He led the team calmly
and with great understanding and covered parts of the training syllabus too.
Trainers, Pam Layton and Elhaam Hashim, were also committed to the programme
and took time with their training making sure the trainees fully understood the
information being presented to them.
They were pleased with the results when the trainees were put to test
and more so later when they were live in the Clinic. The whole programme was
conducted in a very professional way and the Team fulfilled their role as
ambassadors for Rotary Foundation fully.
President Michael Dolling, Past President Syed Rahman and all members of
Luton North thank the Team most sincerely for the work they have done on behalf
of the Club and our partner the Rotary Club of Sunrise Kampala, Uganda.
We are very proud of you. Thanks also to Liz, John and Abul for being part
of the project, playing full supporting roles. Leslie Robertson and I
have worked closely with you over many days and it has been our pleasure.
We now look forward to receiving the Team's Report and presentation to our
Club. Dr Paul has said that he will be pleased to visit other Clubs to talk of
their experiences and these can be booked through me by
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD.
Currently Luton North
Rotary Club has two further Global
Grants under way, both in the Gujarat area of India, GG1977643, Mission for
Vision, (S117,500) and GG1875817 Cardiac Operation Theatre Equipment. ($72,590)
Contact International Partner
Luton North RC