Lions Celebrate Elimination of River Blindness in Colombia

Lions Clubs International

Colombia celebrated the elimination of river blindness following a 20-year campaign made possible through the efforts of The Carter Center, Lions, and local and international partners. LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden joined Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at a special ceremony in Bogotá to congratulate President Juan Manuel Santos and the people of Colombia.

“This is a momentous day for the people of Colombia, and it’s an honor to share in their celebration. Lions are committed to preserving sight and eliminating preventable blindness around the world. Colombia is proof that when compassionate, committed people work together, that goal is within our reach,” said LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden.

“Colombia’s achievement demonstrates that a future free from river blindness is possible for everyone in the Americas,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, founder of The Carter Center and a Lions club member.

To advance the river blindness campaign in the Americas, LCIF donated over US$3 million to The Carter Center, which has led the campaign to wipe out the disease in Latin America. Through LCIF’s SightFirst program, Lions have contributed over US$42 million dollars to The Carter Center for onchocerciasis and trachoma projects in Latin America and Africa.

Read the press release about this announcement to learn more.

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