Mnazi Mmoja is a 440 bed, government run hospital servicing the main island of Zanzibar. It is located in Stone Town, the island’s capital.
Our consultant audiologist Richard Mwangi was among the foreign doctors who helped them in setting up a newborn hearing screening.
Newborn hearing screening can detect possible hearing loss in the first days of a baby’s life. If a possible hearing loss is found, further tests will be done to confirm the results. When hearing loss is confirmed, treatment and early intervention should start as soon as possible. Early intervention refers to programs and services available to babies and their families that help with hearing loss and learning important communication skills.
That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all babies receive newborn hearing screening before they go home from the hospital.