By Kamuzu Benedict Chiponde and student of the Master in Clinical Audiology and Hearing Therapy

Abstract

This thesis investigates whether a newborn hearing screening program may be implemented in Malawi to allow for the early identification and treatment of hearing loss. The objectives include determining the efficacy and acceptability of the program as well as its cost-effectiveness and finding the best screening techniques, analyzing the program’s results, and making implementation suggestions. The study’s descriptive research methodology includes interviews, questionnaires, and a literature review. Findings point to issues with infrastructure, testing equipment, and the need for health education and awareness, as well as a paucity of qualified workers. The study emphasizes the value of educating parents and carers, enhancing screening service accessibility, and training medical staff. The outcomes offer suggestions for establishing and maintaining a newborn hearing screening program in Malawi.

Keywords: Audiology, newborn, Malawi, early identification, hearing loss, hearing screening program

Download the full Research Work: Kamuzu Benedict Chiponde (2023). The feasibility of a newborn hearing screening program in Malawi: A case study of Likuni Mission Hospital and Area 25 health center.. SAERA – School of Advanced Education, Research and Accreditation.

 

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