The incidence of hearing loss and related communication problems in children in Namibia is high. Access to health care
can be difficult and the quality of provision can be poor, especially in rural areas. Lack of awareness and irregular
treatment of ear infections, insufficient pre-natal care in many rural areas and a high incidence of malaria and meningitis
in some parts of the country all contribute. CLaSH not only advocates for the early identification and early intervention of children
with hearing loss, it also collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Social Services to establish and deliver a deafness
prevention programme throughout Namibia.
CLaSH has facilitated Operation Omakutsi, a successful German-Namibian cooperation between ENT surgeons from Germany, the Ministry of Health and local ENT doctors. Since 2003, Operation Omakutsi took place seven times in the North of Namibia, assisting an average of 40 patients each time. The German doctors do their work free of charge and the operations make a significant difference in the lives of many children.