Hearing Detection and Early Intervention for Hearing Impairment for Newborns

The Basma Center for Audiology and Speech Therapy, affiliated with the Emaar Association for Development and Rehabilitation, has begun implementing the Qatar Red Crescent Foundation-funded project: audio detection and early intervention for hearing impairment in newborns in Gaza.

Basma Center began conducting audiological examinations for children who were transferred from the project’s targeted clinics, according to Emaar’s Deputy Director-General, Emad Esleem.

Emaar is collaborating with five of the ten clinics chosen for this project. These clinics are distributed evenly between government and UNRWA clinics across the Gaza Strip’s governorates, mainly the central region, Khan Younis and Rafah. According to Esleem, there will be audiological examinations for newborns who have hearing issues during their initial examination at the clinic. These examinations are taken place during the newborn’s first week of vaccinations. If the examination results are negative, the child is transferred to Emaar to undergo more accurate and consistent tests in a more specialized environment with more advanced devices, such as the auditory brainstem response (ABR), to determine whether or not they have hearing problems.

Esleem confirmed that hearing aids will be installed behind the children’s ears in the future phases of the project for those who are found to have hearing loss. The project also includes audio-verbal rehabilitation sessions for the children and their families, hearing aid programming and follow-up sessions, several awareness sessions, and the distribution of a set of educational brochures on hearing problems.

Basma Center Holds a Course on the ABR Device

Basma Center for Audiology and Speech Therapy held a course on the ABR device, trained by Dr. Ramadan Hussein, an Audiologist.

The center’s staff and a group of graduates of Audiology attended the course, which lasted for three days.

The course was to train the team on operating and using the ABR device.

Dr. Wael Abo Nammos, a board member, said that this course is part of the activities of “Cochlear Implant for Children with Hearing Impairment” project.

Supplying the ABR Device


Emaar Association for Development and Rehabilitation supplies the ABR device for Basma Center for Audiology and Speech Therapy.


Emad Isleem, the manager of the rehabilitation department of Emaar, said that supplying the ABR device was part of “Cochlear Implant for Children with Hearing Impairment” project.

The device is going to be used in the early detection of hearing disorders.

In this context, Emad confirmed that in the next few days Basma team will be trained on using the ABR device before the service is officially approved within the center’s services.




Basma Center for Audiology and Speech Therapy Distributes Hearing Aids, Funded by Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development


With a generous fund from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Basma Center distributed hearing aids to a group of children suffering from hearing loss, in the presence of Dr. Mohammad Zaqout, the General Manager of Nasser Medical Complex, and the Board members of Emaar headed by Eng. Abdullah Albohiri, the Vice President, and the families of the targeted children.

32 hearing aids were distributed for 17 children, from the southern governorates, as a part of “Cochlear Implant for Children with Hearing Impairment ”  project.

Emaar Welcomes a Delegation from the UNICEF

Emaar Association for Development and Rehabilitation welcomes a delegation from the UNICEF, represented by Ms. Amani Jouda, childhood and nutrition officer, and Dr. Safaa Abo Orof, childhood protection officer.

During their visit, the delegation made a tour inside Basma Special School and Emaar’s centers to learn about the services provided by the Association.

Ms. Amani also expressed her pride in such Association that works with a clear vision and mission and targets one of the most marginalized groups in the Gaza Strip.


A Qatari Medical Delegation Visits Emaar Association

A Qatari medical delegation visited Emaar Association for Development and Rehabilitation to learn about the conditions of children with cochlear implants and hearing impairment who receive rehabilitation and education services at Emaar centers.

The delegation included Dr. Khaled Abd Al Hadi, the Head of Hearing and Balance Unit at Hamad Medical Corporation, and Dr. Mohammad Murad, the ENT Consultant at the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Khaled Abd Al Hadi said that the Qatari cooperation in the Gaza Strip has contributed to conducting 150 surgeries for children with hearing impairment and he was proud to say that the children are now able to hear and speak.

He also said: “During my health missions to the Middle East countries, I can say that Emaar is the first to provide excellent rehabilitation services despite the harsh conditions of the Gaza Strip”.

Basma Center Holds a Meeting to Select Candidates for the Hearing Aids Fitting

Basma Center for Audiology and Speech Therapy held a meeting to select candidates for the hearing aids fitting as part of “Cochlear Implants for Children with Hearing Impairment” project, funded by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development – Kuwait.

The meeting committee included a pediatrician, Dr. Wael Abo Nammos; a board member, Mr. Emaad Isleem; the manager of rehabilitation department, Dr. Riad Abo Shammalah; an otolaryngologist, and Dr. Ramadan Hussein; an audiologist.

Emaar Association Conducts a Free Eye Medical Day

Emaar Association for Development and Rehabilitation in cooperation with St. John Hospital and Tamar institute for Community Education conducted an eye medical day for 52 patients.

Basma Center Reuses FM System Device


Basma Center for Audiology and Speech Therapy reuses FM System device in the rehabilitation services.

The rehabilitation manager, Mr. Emad Isleem, said that this device is one of the qualitative devices used to promote the rehabilitation level of children with hearing impairment.

Akram Afanah, the rehabilitation specialist at Basma Center, said that the device will increase the children’s linguistic outcomes while clear listening to conversations; this will reflect an improvement in the academic level of the child. Moreover, the device will improve the children speech ability especially in recognizing the sounds that need accurate auditory recognition

A Workshop for the Parents of the Children Included in “Early Detection and Prevention of Hearing and Speech Disorders” Project

Basma Center for Audiology and Speech Therapy held a workshop for the parents of the children included in “Early Detection and Prevention of Speech Disorders” project, in the presence of a team from the Islamic Relief; the project coordinator, Ms. Lina Taha, and the M.E officer, Ms. Heba Abo Jarboo’.