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QC offers hearing aid to Kosovo children.

Qatar Charity has signed an agreement to provide cochlear implants for the needy deaf children in

Kosovo.

Dr Mazen Mohamed al-Hajri, a specialist in cochlear implant surgery and treatment of deafness, and ENT consultant, will

conduct the procedures.

QC will fund the cost of the implants, estimated to cost QR85,000 each.

Dr al-Hajri will also train doctors assisting him during the operation so that that they could later perform the operations and carry out rehabilitation of the targeted children by giving them training in pronunciation.

He will visit Kosovo on November 18 to 22 to conduct implant surgery, five of which are funded by QC and the other two via

donations.

"The first phase of the project, which began in September, had provided cochlear implants for deaf children in Gaza," said Mohamed Ali al-Ghamdi, QC's executive director for international

development.

A cochlear implant (CI) is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.

"Although the implants are expensive, if every deaf child could hear it would save our economy QR520,000 during the 12 years of education and will allow him or her to become a part of the workforce for an average of 62-70 years," he pointed out.

Dr al-Hajri has conducted over 800 successful cochlear implant surgeries to date, including the first ever implants in several Arab countries, including Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.

In 2011, he was awarded the 'OFID' award for humanitarian and development work, granted by the Opec Fund for International Development (OFID) in recognition of his contribution to the field.

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