President’s Service Blog: Lions Join Gates Foundation, Other Leaders to End Diseases

I recently met with representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, including Bill Gates, along with government representatives, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, many global health organizations and 13 major pharmaceutical companies. We discussed how we could work together to eliminate or control 10 tropical diseases by 2020. We pledged to increase our efforts to combat diseases such as trachoma, sleeping sickness, leprosy, river blindness and Chagas disease.

Reaching the 2020 goals

I was joined by LCIF Chairperson Sid L. Scruggs as I committed Lions to increasing our efforts to assist the 1.4 billion people worldwide affected by these diseases, known as “neglected tropical diseases” or NTDs. I also shared with these world leaders how Lions are working to help the “Bottom Billion” people on the planet who are suffering the most from tropical diseases and poverty.

Although much work remains to be done, Lions and our partners have already eliminated river blindness in Colombia and are working to eliminate trachoma in China. Learn more about the Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases Summit and the London Declaration in this Webinar. Information about our efforts is featured at 1:17.

The commitment by leaders in the public and private sector reaffirmed my belief that Lions can accomplish anything when we work together with like-minded people.

18 Comments on “President’s Service Blog: Lions Join Gates Foundation, Other Leaders to End Diseases

  1. Its so exciting to see our Lions all over the world! This is an astounding organization that doesn’t give up 🙂

  2. It’s really great to work with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lions. I am from Dist 323 G 2 and we are committed to NTD. Kindly involve and guide me to work with un and Foundation. I am ready to help by all means.

  3. Really proud to be a Lion. Please guide me how I can implement it in my district 321 A-2. Eager to work for the eradication of measles. I believe, we together can and will make a difference.

  4. Congratulations Lion leader,

    We must explore the possibility to work with other charity foundations and corporations like the Gates Foudation and Johnson & Johnson.
    Wishing you all the best!

  5. It’s beautiful. Let’s hope that Lions commit to working on tropical diseases. Thank you

    • Thank you for your support!

  6. Definitely Lions’ commitment in working with other dedicated and like minded leaders from the society can achieve any thing in serving the local communities.

    • Thank you, Lion Vakkalanka. I believe our work improves our communities and the world.

  7. Great; wonderful commitments. Let’s hope Lions arround the world will serve to make the world better.

    • Together we can. We Serve!

    • Thank you for your support, Lion Pankaja.

  8. “I Believe” “We Serve”
    Heaven knows we are serving.

    • It’s great to know about such wonderful commitments … hope Lions will serve even more through this.

      • Thank you, Lion Toyin and Leo Dali, for your support. Together, I believe we can create a better world.