Zambia Day 8, Lusaka:

Alfred arrived to pick us up at 8am at the lodge. We set off for our day’s meetings – first to pick up a letter of permission to visit the ENT area at UTH, and with that in hand to actually visit “Clinic 6” which is ENT and Audiology. Permission is required since it is a government hospital, and it is important to follow the rules and regulations!

We briefly met the three physicians there who were all busy with patients (and the hallway was full of waiting patients). We also met the 2 nurses they have, who have been trained to do audiometric tests. They do not dispense hearing aids but refer them to Beit Cure Hospital to Alfred or to the Speech and Hearing Center at UTH – more about that later.

UTH Audio booths: Ellen – one of the nurses trained to do audiometry

Note the equipment – one GSI 16 and 2 even older Beltone audiometers. We also noted one broken GSI 33 on the floor as well as some other older audiometer.

 We then dropped off a letter at the Pediatric Center of Excellence (PCOE) that we will visit tomorrow and then went to the Curriculum Development Center (CDC) to request permission to visit the schools for the deaf. This is a branch of the Ministry of Education, and we waited almost 45 minutes after which Alfred finally returned with a Ministry employee who accompanied us on our school visits.

 First we went to the primary school which is in the UTH campus. We observed an excellent teacher who was hearing-impaired, but verbal and signing teaching kids math and English. All kids have hearing loss and use sign only. None use hearing aids. All were participating well in class!

 We wanted to visit the UTH Speech and Hearing Center, but it was closed and there was nobody available there. It is the only other center in Lusaka other than Beit Cure where hearing aids are dispensed and we were hoping to see their facilities, but that was not to be….

 Next we went to Lusaka High School and met with the Head Teacher and visited their 2 classes of boys with hearing loss (grades 8 and 9). We learned that the boys used to get regular follow-ups but that has not been happening lately, and the teacher was interested in getting that service back. Again, none of the boys wore hearing aids and all used sign only. From what we understand from Alfred there are cases where kids with less severe hearing losses are sometimes placed in schools for the deaf due to the lack of services available.  Also that deaf kids have a very difficult time finding employment.

 Lusaka High School:

 

Lusaka High School grounds:

Our next stop was back at Beit Cure where we finally gave Alfred the items we had taken for him – immittance tips, ear lights, text books etc. Hopefully they will all be put to good use to provide some small help to the people of Zambia! We also met the German ENT surgeon he works with Dr. Uta Froeschl.

 ENT/Audiology at Beit Cure:

We also looked at the housing available for students at Beit Cure.

Potential housing at Beit Cure:

We met back up with Chisomo – and she was wearing the PASO tee shirt we had given her!!!

Jenn, Chisomo in PASO tee, me:

After a really late lunch with Alfred and Chisomo (today it was after 2pm, but typically, Zambians appear to eat lunch after 1 or 1:30pm), Chisomo took us to visit another housing option for the students next year. We were unable to take pictures as the rooms were currently occupied.

We also went back to the Kabwata Cultural Village to purchase a few last gifts and then headed back to the hotel. Along the way:

Mosque:

Old apartment building:

As in many cities, and in developing countries, we see the old and the new, the ramshackle and the spotless, the poor and the wealthy as well as the clean and the dirty – in Lusaka.

 Back at the hotel – our second time to find our fresh towels laid out on the bed with bougainvillea flowers on them – these grow abundantly in vibrant colors everywhere!

Flowers on towel:

We had our last dinner at the hotel tonight. Tomorrow we leave – we can’t believe our trip is lamost over!!!

A final note – there are 2 posts today – yesterday’s and today’s activities – enjoy and we hope to have one final entry before we leave tomorrow!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Solomon
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 17:01:56

    What a great trip. We have felt like we were along with you all. Please say hello to Alfred and tell him that next year we want a tour of the tennis facilities!!

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  2. Kathy Sible
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 20:49:25

    Thanks so much for the blog and pictures on your trip! Safe travels on your trip ~we are all thinking about you as you leave for home!

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  3. Elizabeth Williams
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 01:19:42

    I loved hearing about your trip and seeing all of the great pictures! Have a safe trip home! 🙂

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  4. Katie Ahr
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 13:13:26

    What an experience! Thank you for sharing all of your experiences and the pictures too! 🙂

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  5. Jade
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 07:25:27

    Sorry the comment got cut off. But that’s where I lived!

    However, I know this post is a bit old but I was wondering are you still in Zambia? Or what are you doing currently to improve the access to SLHS services in Zambia? While I was there I taught at a community school in Chibolya and none of the teachers or even director knew of SLPs in Zambia. I will continue to travel to Zambia once I become a SLP to help train teachers so they have basic knowledge of communication disorders. If you guys still have something in the works I would definitely want to help!!!!

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  6. Jade
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 07:27:33

    That’s my apartment building I stayed in!!!!!!! If you would have taken a picture more to the left that’s where I lived lol.seriously. I traveled to Zambia last summer to teach at a community school in Chibolya. I am only a senior SLP student in New Orleans and just applied to graduate school. I am aiming to go back to Zambia and help improve the services

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    • lkrish64
      Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:21:51

      Hello Jade – nice to hear from you!
      Since that post in 2012, I have been to Zambia in the summer of 2013 with a group of 12 students from Purdue University. We are currently planning the summer 2014 program to go again! You can continue to read about our activities at https://slhsinzambia.wordpress.com/ including the daily activities we had with the students in 2013.
      LK

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