Whilst the Ear Camps provided a valuable service to a population unable to access care, the ear camps team recognised the need for a more sustainable model of care. It seemed to them that there was a need for a specialist centre to provide an outreach service to the local community through primary level ear care workers, working to improve the lot of the profoundly deaf and teach local medics about ear problems and treatment including surgery. We could also test hearing and provide hearing aids to a high standard and teach repair and maintenance.
Our vision was for a small but top class centre, using appropriate equipment, treatment and techniques for developing countries and further researching those areas.
This presentation, made at the 3 yearly British Academic Conference of Otolaryngology (BACO), January 2021 in the Global ENT section describes the history and current work of the ear services of INF and Ear Aid Nepal through camps and the ear centre in Pokhara, it includes interviews with some of the team and bursary recipient.