One and a Half Decades of Mobile Ear Surgery Camps in Rural Areas of Nepal to Combat Deafness and Ear Disease
Nepal is a tiny kingdom nestled in the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. It lies between China in the North and India in the South and has a population of more than 20 million. Nepal severely lacks in communication and transportation because of its mountainous terrain. It is perhaps the most beautiful country in the world having Mt. Everest, the tallest peak on earth. A nationwide survey on deafness and ear diseases in 1991 conducted by the Department of Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu and the Britain Nepal Otology Services (BRINOS) revealed that approximately 16% of the Nepalese population (3.2 million people) suffer from hearing impairment and deafness. This survey showed that hearing impairment and deafness is the largest disability in Nepal — far ahead of blindness. Approximately 360,000 people were found to be severely or profoundly deaf with little or no speech development.
KeywordsHearing Impairment Half Decade Wooden House High Mountain Range Primary Health Care Work
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