Zanzibar Serena Hotel partnered with
the Zanzibar Outreach Program to offer complimentary ear
surgery to at least 30 children with hearing problems.
The surgeries were conducted at Mnazi
Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar between 8th-
12th December and marks 9 years since
the partnership began in 2009.
The ear surgeries are aimed at
creating awareness for hearing problems within
the ear, nose and throat anatomy.
Since inception, over 462 people have
benefited from the ear surgery camp.
The surgeries were conducted by ENT
specialists’ doctors from Zanzibar Outreach
Program comprising of Dr. Harish Rupani, Head of
Delegation of Volunteer Doctors, Dr. Naufal
Kassam, Head of ENT at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital and
Dr. Jandu, ENT Volunteer Specialist.
Over the last 9 years, the visiting
ENT Specialists have been accommodated at
Zanzibar Serena Hotel on complimentary basis.
Dr. Harish Rupani, ENT Specialist
Surgeon, Zanzibar Outreach Program says, “We
strongly advocate for parents to bring their
young ones for screening and treatment. A large
number of hearing impairment is often diagnosed
in childhood and is caused by a number of
factors ranging from birth complications,
genetic abnormalities, ear infections,
medication, damaging levels of noise among
“Detection and treatment of hearing
impairment during an early age results in
significant better outcomes than intervention in
Dr. Naufal Kassam, Head of ENT at Mnazi Mmoja
Hospital at a surgical procedure.
The World Health Organization
estimates that over 360 million people worldwide live
with hearing loss.
Out of the total 318 million are
adults while 32 million are children, 80 per cent of who
are low and middle income earners.
This makes hearing impairment one of
the most common disability in the world.
Wilfred Shirima, General Manager,
Zanzibar Serena Hotel says, “We are committed to working
with our partners to help create awareness of hearing
impairment and reduce the number of children suffering
from these cases.
“This initiative supports our efforts
in promoting social growth as hearing loss in children
exposes them to high risks of delayed childhood develop-ment.”
The success of this initiative has
been made possible by the long-term relationship that
Serena Hotels has with the ENT specialists developed
over the 9-year period.
The clinic is primarily for children
but the general public can also be attended to.
Three adults between the age of 28-35
years and twenty-five children between 9-14 years were
During this exercise, the parents and
children were enlightened on precautionary measures to
prevent hearing loss.
As part of its day-to-day operations,
Serena Hotels focus on programs that respond to the
needs of the environment, economy and communities within
which it operates.
All Serena’s programs are aligned to
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out by the
United Nation Development Program.
Zanzibar Serena Hotel ear surgery
initiative particularly aligns to “SDG 3 Good Health and
Wellbeing” and “SDG 17 – Partnership to achieve the
Zanzibar Serena Hotel and Zanzibar
Outreach Program intend to carry out the Ear Surgery