They say never lose hope, there is always a way out, a solution that can help you most wondrously. For the deaf, it is a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant is one of the most effective ways to restore the hearing ability of someone who has lost it. An electronic device that serves to enervate the cochlear nerve, the cochlear implant has proven to be the most miraculous way of restoring hearing ability. Cochlear nerve has the primary role in the process of hearing, and if something is wrong there, cochlear implants in Pakistan can be the answer to one’s hearing worries. However, there is a catch. These implants do not come cheap. For those who belong to the underprivileged section of the society, such treatments are simply out of question. However, some NGOs offer free cochlear implants in Pakistan. It is these NGOs that are the topic of this discussion.
Statistics about Pakistan
The numbers do not tell us a good story when it comes to hearing impairments and their prevalence in the Pakistani population. It is believed that out of every 1000 Pakistani, 7-8 are not blessed with the ability to listen. The percentage of deaf individuals in the population is increasing with every year passing. It is the need of the hour that the government and the non-government organizations collaborate to bring down this percentage.
International Medical Relief Agency (IMRA)
It is a reputable charity that has been providing ear surgeries and cochlear implants to Pakistani kids and adults since 2001. Haroon Khan, a UK based ENT established IMRA with an intent to cure hearing loss of those patients, who cannot afford the expensive treatments. One can call the IMRA as the pioneers of free cochlear implants in the country. The agency delivered the country’s first free cochlear implant surgery in the year 2012. The surgery took place at the Dow University Hospital, Karachi. Since then, IMRA has been a center of hope for many, who want to hear the birds chirp once more!
Society for Audiological & Developmental Ailment (SADA)
This is a Lahore based society that has been providing cochlear implants to those kids who belong to poor families. It is the brainchild of Dr. Afzaal Alam, who inaugurated this society in the year 2014. We have mentioned this before, cochlear implants are quite expensive. It costs more than a couple of millions of Pakistani rupees, which is the general estimate anyways. SADA believes that hearing aids are hardly a permanent solution to this problem. The idea is to reduce the burden in case someone can chip in some, but not all the money that is required for a cochlear implant.
Cochlear Implants in Pakistan are common at Transparent Hands. Many deaf individuals can finally hear the noise of this busy world, once more. Transparent Hands is the largest technological platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment, and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely.
Other institutes also playing their part!
Apart from the above mentioned NGO
Os, many other organizations and trusts offer cochlear implants, free of cost. For example, Pakistan Bait Ul Mal. One can always file an application at PBM, and wait for the verdict of the medical board that reviews the application. If a cochlear implant does seem to be the only solution to one’s hearing problems, PBM provides financial assistance in the process after contacting the relevant person.
The ability to hear is one of the biggest blessings of Allah (SWT). One cannot relate to those who have to use sign language for going about their business. If it was not for these organizations that we discussed today, many in the country would still be using signs instead of words. If you catch the giving bug, do think about these NGO’s as well. Your donations can bring back the meaning of words in someone’s life!