Steve Biko Academic Hospital Board-Robert Kerr
Trust Health Programme

Steve Biko Academic Hospital Board-Robert Kerr Trust Health Programme reconnects qualifying financially and socially disadvantaged hearing-impaired people to the world of sound and a meaningful life.

Hearing is a basic sense, an obvious function that is often taken for granted. It connects us to people, our environment. We play, talk, express, learn and experience in sound and words. We live and love by it. For hearing-impaired people, the world can be a silent, isolated place and life’s options can be limited.

[ Case Statement ]

Silence to sound

Hearing loss is the worlds’ number one treatable disability. About 53 million people worldwide has a degree of hearing impairment.

Medical technology has made it possible to restore hearing impairment by means of a cochlear implant.

The Steve Biko Academic Hospital Board initiated a programme to reconnect people to the world of sound.

In the words of our first cochlear-implant recipient who had been unable to hear for 15 years: ‘I cannot even begin to explain to people what it is like to hear again. To hear the birds in the morning – that is what I missed most.’

A cochlear implant

A cochlear implant makes a substantial difference to the life of a hearing-impaired person. Recipients feel they have been given an opportunity to “start over”.

The benefits extend far beyond being reconnected to sound. They can:

  • move forward in life with renewed confidence
  • be reconnected to people, loved ones and their environment
  • develop/regain spoken language
  • improve the quality of their lives
  • hear everyday sounds like a barking dog, telephone, door bell
  • attend a mainstream school or learning Institution
  • expand their career opportunities
  • increase their income potential
  • live and function independently
  • participate in sport and community activities
  • reduce their reliance on social services/ grants.


A cochlear-implant device costs about R230 000, depending on the exchange rate which totally out of the financial reach of qualifying, but financially-disadvantaged state patients.

Get involved

Our first recipient asserted: ‘It's not about what you accomplish in life, but what you do for others that count’, when he thanked his sponsors for his implant. You can help make a substantial difference to restore someone’s hearing.

There are many ways of getting involved:

  • signing a monthly debit order
  • sponsoring an amount towards the implant of a specific person (details available on request)
  • organising a fund-raising event
  • helping us to create awareness about the need.

All contributions will be acknowledged in quarterly our “Noise” newsletter and sponsors will become friends of the cochlear implant Project.

Fund raising

Our fundraising efforts include the SBAH golf day with the hospital’s CEO, Dr Ernest Kenoshi, and around 120 other golfers. This fun filled day raised around R69 000 every year and has become an annual event.

Other fundraising efforts 2010:

  • Community volunteers and schools in and around Pretoria hosts special events during the year to help fund raising efforts
  • Sport events e.g. run, cycle challenges supports a deaf child annually
  • Donated clothing sales in collaboration with “No Limits” and Employment Solutions
  • SMS competitions sponsored b Flash Media
  • Annual Corporate funding applications

Contribute now:

SMS the word “noise” to 39101 (R15.00 per SMS)

Contact details

Marketing and Resource Mobilisation Manager : Elmarie Davies
Fax-to-mail: 086 764 6758
Private Bag X169, Pretoria, 0001

Bank details

Steve Biko Academic Hospital Board Project Fund
ABSA Ben Swart Street
Branch Code 63-20-05
Account number: 4074979623
Reference: Cochlear Implants


The NoisePlease download our latest Newsletter (March 2012)

The NoisePlease download our Christmas edition Newsletter (December 2011)

Please download our Case Statement

Please download the debit order