Story of the Week: Lions, LCIF Launch Program to Eliminate Trachoma in China

Through our efforts and global partnerships, we’re working to eliminate preventable blindness. The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and our clubs immunized 41 million children in Africa against measles, a leading cause of childhood blindness. Now, Lions and LCIF will eliminate blinding trachoma in China by 2016 and improve low vision services through a partnership with the Chinese Ministry of Health and the China Disabled Persons’ Federation.

Unveiled in Shenzhen, China, on Lions World Sight Day, Phase III of SightFirst China Action (SFCA) includes an estimated commitment by LCIF of up to US$6-10 million. This builds upon the more than US$30 million donated since SFCA was unveiled in 1999, which was matched by US$200 million from the Chinese government. These funds have strengthened the national eye care infrastructure throughout the country, resulting in greater access to vision care, and provided more than 5.2 million cataract surgeries to date.

In this video, you’ll see a vision screening on Lions World Sight Day in Shenzhen.

  • http://www.lcjuhuwaves.lions323a3.com Ln . Pankaja Iyengar

    Congratulations. This should serve as an example for each and every Lions club in the world and should help eradicate blindness completely. Let us all unitedly work toward the same.

  • Lion Dharmendra Mehta

    Wonderful work in blindness prevention.
    Please mail me full details as I want take up this project in our club.
    Lion Dharmendra Mehta
    President Lions Club of Jam(West)
    District 323 J India

  • Lion Dr Sanjeev Jain,Jodhpur Marudhara,Dist.323E2

    A good humanitarian task for prevention of blindness taken up. Hope this LCIF project benefits people at large.

  • http://twallerkojola.acndirect.com Tuula Waller-Kojola

    Wonderful work in blindness prevention in Shenzen province, wow! We here in Toronto, Suomi Lions are pulling for you! Our club is 40 years old and we celebrate Dec. 9th. at Finnish Seniors Centre in Toronto.

    • lionmagazine

      Congratulations on your club’s anniversary!