28-year-old Mukovhe Chad Phanguphangu’s passion for children with hearing disabilities led to the establishment of the much needed Ototoxicity Monitoring Unit, which detects early hearing loss early in children on cancer treatment, and the Surgically Implantable Devices Unit at the Polokwane Provincial Hospital.
He was instrumental in drafting the motivation for the unit, worked to emphasise the importance of such a service, drew up guidelines of the kind of patients admitted and the guidelines as to who gets the implants. He also organised a team of professionals – involved from identification, diagnosis and further medical and surgical management – as well as patient funding for the BAHA devices.
Born outside Thohoyandou, in Limpopo, Phanguphangu is currently the Chief Audiologist at Frere Provincial Hospital in East London and lectures at the University of Fort Hare. He has published seven papers in peer reviewed journals and has presented his research work in five international congresses across three continents.
He currently serves as a Research Development Officer for the South African Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Community Engagement Committee Member at the University of Fort Hare, facilitating partnerships between the university and the community it serves, practiced through varied initiatives focused on the interlace of teaching and research, and aimed at addressing the social, cultural and economic development objectives of society.
You can connect with him on LinkedIn here.
Nominated in category: Visionary