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Thirty-six thousand cataract patients in Laos, Cambodia and Djibouti to receive surgery by Chinese NGO

Some 36,000 cataract surgeries will be performed by a Chinese medical team in Laos, Cambodia, and Djibouti this year, non-profit charitable group GX Foundation has announced.
Established in Hong Kong in 2018, the foundation is a Chinese group dedicated to promoting medical and public health humanitarian assistance in the Belt and Road Countries.

Over the past four years, the team has visited eight countries in Asia and Africa, including Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Djibouti, Kenya, Burundi, Morocco, and Senegal, to explore and implement humanitarian assistance projects.

Cataract surgeries are expected to be performed by a Chinese medical team in Mobile Eye Treatment Centers for the underprivileged in Laos and Cambodia in the third quarter of this year.

Around 36,000 surgical operations are poised to be completed by the team in these two countries and Djibouti.

Vector-borne diseases, such as dengue, malaria, and Chikungunya Fever, are prevalent across Southeast Asian and African countries. Therefore, the team has also conducted control projects against these infectious illnesses.

The foundation’s assistant project director Caroline Dubois said: “Public education activities are crucial to help health protection and control the spread of disease.”

“By this year, we are looking to distribute mosquito lamps and conduct a health education project in Laos, Cambodia, and Djibouti. Some locations require five hours of road travel,” she said.

The foundation’s chief executive officer Emily Chan Ying-yang said during Covid over the past two years, the foundation has demonstrated its vision of solidarity with Belt and Road countries by donating 40 tons of supplies to Laos and Cambodia and various rapid testing kits to Djibouti, including those for Covid, dengue and malaria.

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