Tea Estates

Medical Camps

Medical Camps

The Foundation continued to provide targeted healthcare through medical camps orgnaised islandwide. In March 2013, the Foundation worked with Helpage Sri Lanka to carry out an eye clinic at the Imboolpitiya Estate of the Kahawatte Plantation Group which benefitted 261 former Dilmah tea garden workers. As a result of the eye clinic, 230 senior citizens received free eye glasses courtesy of the MJF Charitable Foundation, while 31 persons in need of cataract surgery have been referred for surgery at the Helpage Centre in Colombo.

In early January 2013, members of the Australia Sri Lanka Medical Assistance Team (AuSLMAT) screened and treated over one thousand estate staff and their families during a 2 ½ day medical camp held in the Kataboola Estate. The programme covered a range of activities, including a diabetes awareness and education programme, random blood sugar testing and treatment, eye care and oral hygiene programme for adults and children alike. A dedicated paediatrics clinic for treating children from the plantations was one of the highlights of this programme. Additionally, echocardiogram testing was carried out for selected patients with a history of heart ailments and during the eye clinic, nearly one hundred individuals, including children, received eye glasses. Overall, estate workers and their families in seven plantations of the Kahawatte Plantation Group benefitted from the medical camp.