Ear Aid Nepal

Ear Aid Nepal

Ear Aid Nepal exists to support work with those who have conditions affecting the ear in Nepal. Ear Disease and deafness are the commonest disability but often go ignored because casual observers do not immediately notice these conditions. However, for the sufferer they can cause problems ranging from severe pain, through life threatening infection to loss of education and diminished relationships in society. Why ear disease should be so common in Nepal is unknown, but is probably due to a combination of many factors including living conditions, frequent upper respiratory infections in childhood, smoke and dust in the home, nutritional deficiencies and lack of adequate knowledge about care and treatment of the early stages of infection. The lack of medical facilities in many of the remote parts of the mountainous country and the costs involved must also play a part.

Coordinator Contact Information

Dr. Michael C F Smith, FRCS, Head of Ear Services


+977 9813166373





Purpose of Initiative

various options. Can join activities at base hospital, teach and demonstrate. when appropriate we can organise local seminars or conferences involving suitable visitors. Can join community work. Doing surgical outreach camps in remote areas is currently difficult for volunteers, because of local restrictions on neccessary work permits and obtaining medical registration for such work. Work at base hospital with local colleagues is possible. Short visas for academic purposes, of 7 days or less are also possible.

Typical Service Commitment

2 weeks/2-3 Months

Clinical Emphasis

  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • General Otolaryngology
  • Head and Neck Surgery / Oncology
  • Laryngology
  • Other
  • Otology / Neurotology
  • Rediatric Otolaryngology
  • Rhinology and Allergy

Financial Aspects

Travel costs and living expenses (living expenses low in Nepal, travel to include cost of internal flights). Unlikely to exceed USD 2000 in total for a two week visit, depending on air fares

Language Skills

English, Nepali, Hindi

Global Region


Research Opportunities

Basic, Clinical

Seeking Volunteers

  • Audiologist
  • Medical Students
  • Mental Health Professional (psychologist, social work)
  • Non-Medical Personnel
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nursing Students
  • Obstetrician / Gynecologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician (anesthesiologist)
  • Physician (internal medicine, pediatrics, medical specialties)
  • Registered Nurse (medicine/surgery)
  • Registered Nurse (operating room)
  • Resident (non-otolaryngology)
  • Resident (otolaryngology)
  • Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Surgeon (non-otolaryngologist)
  • Surgeon (otolaryngologist)
  • Surgical Technologist

Services Provided

  • Office-Based Otolaryngology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Surgery

Last Updated: 06/28/2018

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