Starkey Hearing Foundation, a non- governmental Organisation based in America working with Ministry of Health in Zambia, University Teaching Hospital and Zambia National Association for Hearing Impaired (ZNAHI) has embarked on a programme to donate 1000 free hearing aids.

The programme which started in 2010 where more than 400 people were fitted with free hearing aids in Lusaka and Livingstone is spreading to other provinces starting with central province and later Eastern Province in the next three (3) months.

Director of ZNAHI Mr. Kennedy Sikuka said Starkey Hearing Foundation has trained thirty (30) local volunteers in impression taking and is expected to reach all the provinces in order to take impressions which will be sent to America for moids to be made after  which a mission outreach will be organised to Zambia to fit the free hearing aids.

Mr. Sikuka said “The last Starkey Hearing Foundation mission was graced by the former USA president Bill Clinton in August 2013 in Livingstone at Royal Zambezi Hotel where 104 people received free hearing aids”.

The last mission to Zambia was led by the founder of SHF Mr. Bill Austin, Mr. Leigh Kassner the regional representative from South Africa and was also attended by Mr. Tryson Bruno and other officials from SHF Zambia branch.

Mr. Sikuka further said that this programme is being encouraged in an effort to help many people around the world to be enabled to hear and improve the provision of audiometric services to every one including the poor. This partnership with government will have a mission trip next year to fit free hearing.

Starkey Hearing Foundation in Zambia has partnered with several organisations in Zambia which include among others the Ministries of Health, Education and have also received support from National Pension Scheme Authority (Napsa), Zambia State Insurance Corporation (ZSIC), Mazhandu Family Buses and Aupie Agro Limited. However, more support is needed if more people are to be reached throughout the country.

For the project to succeed will appeal to all people who are hard of hearing to look out for our future missions around the country.