Lions Clubs Help Reduce Number of Visually Impaired by 26 Million Worldwide
A 2010 study by the World Health Organization shows that visual impairment has been reduced globally by nine percent, or 26 million people, since 2004. Through SightFirst, our members have had a significant role in this achievement.
According to the study, the number of visually impaired people decreased from 311 million in 2004 to 285 million in 2010. Of these, an estimated 39 million people are blind, compared with 45 million blind in 2004.
This milestone could not have occurred without the dedication and investment of non-governmental organizations, including Lions and LCIF, as well as partners, governments and ministries of health. And we remain committed to saving eyesight
With US$415 million raised through Campaign SightFirst II, we’re increasing programs to fight the leading causes of blindness. Battling emerging threats to sight. And funding new projects aimed at research and rehabilitation.