Etisalat to support eye care
Etisalat Lanka, will support the 'Denethakata Senehasin' project at
Attanagalle and Gampaha education divisions to provide spectacles and
essential eye care services for deserving people.
Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat, Yasser Aboulamayem makes
token presentation of spectacles to Treasurer and Director,
SOMS, Malaka Talwatte and Program Director, SOMS, Chamara
Ekanayake. PICTURE: VIPULA AMERASINGHE
This endeavour will be the next step towards strengthening and
sustaining their CSR initiative.
"We play a bigger role when it comes to CSR. The joint venture
partnership with So Others May See Inc. (SOMS) is expected to have
lasting impact on children and Etisalat hopes to continue and expand
this CSR initiative by extending the program to all parts of Sri Lanka,"
Etisalat, Chief Commercial Officer Yasser Aboulamayem said.
Sri Lanka has a population of 20 million of which approximately
400,000 suffer from low vision.
Of these, around 200,000 people are believed to be blind. Refractive
errors, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and blindness in children are the
other causes of vision impairment.
The majority of them are blind due to cataract. Although most cases
of cataract are related to the aging process, occasionally children can
be born with the condition or a cataract may develop following eye
injuries, inflammation or some other eye diseases.