City pioneers health initiative for deaf children
By Mishkah Anthony
20 August 2008
The City of Cape Town is to develop its pioneering initiative in the early detection of hearing impairment among children by funding a follow-up intervention programme.
The Health Portfolio Committee approved an ad hoc funding of R190 000, from the Mayoral Projects fund, to the Hi Hopes early intervention programme which is supported by the Wits University.
Cape Town recently launched South Africa’s first systematic community based hearing sifting test for babies at Ravensmead Clinic.
Chairperson of the Health Portfolio Committee says, the City believes that early treatment can transform hearing impaired children into productive and valued members of society.
The programme is linked to the Wits Centre for deaf studies and provides a home-based, family-centred support which assist families in caring for their hearing impaired children.