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HelpAge Sri Lanka’s free services for elders praised

HelpAge International, Asia Pacific Region, Head of Programmes Bert Maerten meeting with HelpAge Chairman Deshabandu Tilak de Zoysa. Executive Director Samantha Liyanawaduge is also in the picture.
HelpAge International, Asia Pacific Region, Head of Programmes Bert Maerten meeting with HelpAge Chairman Deshabandu Tilak de Zoysa. Executive Director Samantha Liyanawaduge is also in the picture.

The invaluable service rendered by HelpAge Sri Lanka (HASL) to restore the weak eyesight of less- privileged Sri Lankans by performing free Cataract Surgeries came in for praise by UK based HelpAge International, Asia Pacific Region, Head of Programmes Bert Maerten.

He made these remarks at a conference held at HelpAge Head Office, Borelasgamuwa to coincide with the 33rd anniversary of the establishing of HelpAge Sri Lanka.

Programme Head Bert Maerten also stressed the importance for HelpAge Sri Lanka to conduct countrywide Mobile Medical and Eye Camps since it immensely helps people living in less-privileged areas to have their eye screenings and treatment free of charge.

Maerten travelled to many parts of the island and to observe other welfare facilities provided by HelpAge Sri Lanka.

He also highlighted the work of the HelpAge Home Care Training Centre that provides free training to people to look after elders during their twilight days and the Day Care Centre at Ratmalana where elderly Citizens have been given the opportunity to spend their day actively engaged in social activities.

Maerten said the ageing population is increasing in the world and the needs of older people today are pressing. 


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