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Saturday, August 8, 2020

76 cataract patients enjoy free treatment

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By Amadou M Jadama

Wanja Development Organisation in partnership with Jali Experience based in Sweden over the weekend offered free eye cataract operation to 76 people from Kiang Karanta and its satellite Villages.
The operation was conducted by Gambian doctors at Kiang Karantaba Health Centre in Kiang West District in the Lower River Region.

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Wanja Development Organisation in partnership with Jali Experience in Sweden is a nonprofit organization set up with the aim of providing help to the Gambian people especially the rural villages and communities.
Speaking to The Standard Abou Demba, project coordinator, said they intervene in many areas such as health, environment, democracy and rights, education, gender among other intervention areas.
“Jali Experience in Sweden is the only partner to Wanja. Both Organisations recognize the importance of helping the people in need, most of whom cannot afford to pay for eye check up and also to buy eye glasses that are expensive.”

“We believe beside adverse environment challenges (climate change), ill-health is a direct result of poverty in the Gambia especially among the most underprivileged in the countryside. Therefore as partners in development, we set up a common project, through health intervention in particular, so that people can live in happy and productive life,” Demba said.

Barbro Rosberger, chairperson of Jali Experience, said: “My aim is to help the people of the Gambia. I did this I cannot leave people with problems without helping them.”

“We also support women gardeners by fencing and dug 4 wells and donated computers and solar system to Karantaba from lower basic to senior secondary schools,” she added.
Speaking to The Standard Fatou Manjang one of the beneficiaries, said: “Before I reached here I was totally blind but thank God I am now seeing and everything is now clear to me.”

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