Eye Care For All

Community-based eye care services in The Gambia

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Eye Care For All is a community-based organization that provides free individualized home-based and community eye care services for the less privileged, the elderly, refugees, people with disabilities, orphans and prisoners in The Gambia.

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Working together we aim to prevent blindness and restore sight that has been lost. Together we can prevent blindness and restore sights that are lost. Most of the ECFA volunteers are health staff working with Ministry of Health of The Gambia. All are employed 5 days a week and their volunteer work is always at the weekends, Friday to Sunday. Eye Care For All activity is totally separate to the day job.

Eye Care For All (ECFA) is a non-profit Association registered as an NGO.

THE EVOLUTION OF ECFA

1.  Fatoumata Gassama came up with the idea to benefit less privileged people who find it difficult to access eye health care. It started with home visits to allow the monitoring of medications.

2. Then it progressed to field trips to the community for sensitive screening of glaucoma and cataracts. Volunteers were recruited and communities sensitised in advance of the screening weekends. Patients were then referred to Eye Centres.

3. Individual staff began to start saving (currently dal 200 (£3.50) per month) from their monthly salary (circa £100)

4. This work led to the need for sponsorship of Field Trips and associated operation and medication costs – US Embassy, Lasting Solution Estate Agencies, Motibantang Youth Assoc to name a few

ECFA FIELD TRIP – costs  Dal 25k (£380)

On 2nd July 2019 The most ever ready volunteers of ECFA travelled to the northern part of the country, CRR (Central River Region), Kaur on a Cataract Surgery Camp.

Our recent community outreach on a cataract surgery camp in Kerewan North Bank Region. The community is about 150KM from the city of Banjul after crossing to Barra. The team arrived Friday night, conducted the camp on Saturday and returned home on Sunday to go back to their work at various departments on Monday. We ever proud of what they do and will not relent on our efforts. Cataract ops – approx Dal 1000 (£16.50) per op – and medication – approx Dal 1600 £26.50) per op. Off the shelf reading glasses and sunglasses (UVA ) from the UK are the priority.