HOA & Cochlear Implant: 26 Years of Glory
The cochlear implant operation began in 1993 in Iran, and Heyat Omana Arzi or HOA (the Board of Trustees for Patients Treatments with currency saving) - as the largest sponsor of cochlear implants in the country- support a total number of 11760 cochlear implant, surgeries from the beginning of these operations in the country until the end of 2019-2020. With the support of the HOA, the number of applications from 174 operations in 1387 increase to 1224 operations in 2018 and the number of implant centers change from three centers in 2005 to 13 centers at the end of the year 2019.
In 2019, the number of 1091 cochlear implant devices were delivered to thirteen centers all over the country. It should be noted that due to the Corona virus epidemic, practically the process of doing Cochlear implant centers in the country came to a halt in order to preserve the health of deaf nominated for cochlear implant surgery at the last months of 2019. And for this reason, the number of prostheses in 2019 did not reach the record of 2018 (1224 implants).
It should be noted that cochlear implant surgery is now done in 13 centers belonging to the medical universities as follows:
1) Amir Alam Hospital in Tehran
2) Loghman Hakim Hospital in Tehran
3) Hazrat Rasool Akram Hospital (PBUH) in Tehran
4) Hazrat Baqiyatallah Hospital in Tehran
5) Hazrat Ghaem Hospital in Mashhad
6) Khalili Hospital in Shiraz
7) Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra Hospital in Isfahan
8) Hazrat Imam Reza (AS) Hospital in Tabriz
9) Hazrat Imam Khomeini Hospital in Ahvaz
10) Besat Hospital in Hamadan
11) Shafa Kerman Hospital
12) Al-Zahra Hospital in Zahedan
13) Imam Khomeini Hospital in Kermanshah
It should be mentation that every year a certain budget row for supporting cochlear implant surgeries in deaf patients is considered in the country annually budget with Iranian Parliament approval which allocated to HOA.
Because of some problems caused by unfair sanctions against Iran, the cochlear implant budget was not fully allocated during past five years but in spite of these problems, HOA, fully supports the coacher implement surgeries in the country in this period of time. It is worth mention that, out of a total amount of 280 billion tomans credits approved by Parliament to help coacher implement from which, 211.7 billion tomans (75.6% of the approved amount) has been notified to the HOA of the total amount announced, but on unfortunately only 34.4 billion Tomans (16% of the total amount announced) has been allocated to the Board of Trustees. and the Board of Trustees has been conducting cochlear implants during these five years.
Though by considering the golden age of performing these operations), HOA not only did not stop or reduce the support of these actions, but during the last five years support 5317 cochlear implants by using its internal financial resources with amount of 185.5 billion tomans to prevent interruptions and disrupt the treatment of deaf children.