Aug
28

Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign Targets 40 Million Children in India

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Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, spread through close contact with infected persons. If there is just one person with measles on a crowded bus of 100 people, 90 others will become infected if they are not vaccinated. In 2013, it was reported that more than 50% of measles-associated deaths in the world occurred in India.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) remains committed to the fight against this deadly – but preventable – disease. The Lions of Multiple District 316 in India recently received a US$150,000 grant to support their efforts in a statewide measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign. Throughout August 2017, the campaign has vaccinated millions of children between 9 months and 15 years of age across the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Lions are known for their work in social mobilization and advocacy. For this campaign, local Lions worked with school administrators and parents to raise awareness around the importance of all children being vaccinated for MR and to allow government vaccination teams to vaccinate children who attend private schools.  For the first two weeks of the month, the campaign focused on schools, immunizing one school, one village, each day. The later half of the month focused on community-based vaccine centers for children who do not attend school.

LCIF continues efforts to help children around the world  committing to raise US$30 million by the end of 2017. If Lions and LCIF meet this goal working alongside Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the contributions will be matched by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, allowing LCIF and Lions to provide US$60 million for vaccinations.

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*Measles mortality in high and low burden districts of India: estimates from a nationally representative study of over 12,000 child deaths.
Morris SK, Awasthi S, Kumar R, Shet A, Khera A, Nakhaee F, Ram U, Brandao JR, Jha P, MDS Collaborators.
Vaccine. 2013 Sep 23; 31(41):4655-61.

Aug
27

Lions and LCIF Responded To Hurricane Harvey

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My Dear Lions,

On Friday, August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made its way ashore on the central Gulf Coast of Texas with winds of 125 miles per hour. As I draft this letter, the central coast of Texas, including metropolitan Houston, is still being affected by unprecedented amounts of rain fall and potentially devastating flooding.  The nearly 17 million residents in the path of the storm will be dealing with the aftermath for weeks and possibly months to come.

Lions Clubs International, through our Foundation (LCIF), has responded with emergency catastrophe grant in the amount of US$100,000. The grant will allow Lions in the area of impact to provide life-saving supplies of food, water, blankets and other necessities. 

We never know when or where disaster will strike. But when it does, LCIF emergency and major catastrophe grants enable local Lions to respond, making an immediate impact in the hardest hit areas – around the world.

Your donation to LCIF makes it possible for us to respond at a moment’s notice to this and other disasters as they strike. Lions members are the most generous people in the world.  Please consider a donation to LCIF to assist Lions in short-term and long-term disaster response.

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I know you join me in keeping the victims of this latest natural disaster in your thoughts and prayers.  Together we make a significant difference.

Namaste,

 

Dr. Naresh Aggarwal

Aug
23

Touchstone Story #60–First Response

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Disasters occur with frightening regularity. There are earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and more.

On April 25, 2015, at 11:56 a.m. local time in Nepal, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of urban Bharatpur and Kathmandu and flattened entire villages elsewhere in the country. It also caused an avalanche on Mount Everest. More than 9,000 people were killed as a result of the quake and its aftershocks, with 21,000 injured and more than US$5 billion in property damage. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal in nearly a century.

Within hours, as the local and international response was still forming and before the aftershocks had even happened, Lions Clubs International Foundation had issued a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant and mobilized $4 million of contributions. At the same time, clubs around the world were preparing to send emergency medical supplies, food, fresh water, purifiers and temporary shelters to Nepal.

Three weeks after the quake, 2015-16 LCIF Chairperson Joe Preston wrote: “Mount Everest is only a few hundred kilometers north of Kathmandu. In 1924, the British Empire sent their renowned explorer, George Mallory, to make the first serious attempt to conquer the world’s tallest peak. When asked why he would make such a massive effort to climb the mountain, Mr. Mallory replied, “Because it’s there.”

Our task is very similar. Why should we make such a massive effort to help the survivors? Because they are there. Because they are still alive.

The Lions’ first response effort to help survivors in disasters such as in Nepal is fast. In 1950, Lions of Lima, Peru, were visiting Cusco when a magnitude 6 earthquake shook the city and destroyed homes. The Lima Lions immediately organized a relief operation on behalf of their Cusco brethren. In 1963, when a cyclone struck Pakistan and killed more than 10,000 people, local Lions established relief camps at nearby high schools and, in the months that followed, rebuilt devastated areas. In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, the Oklahoma City Helping Hands Lions Club immediately began to help those affected by the attacks.

Today, Lions continue to be on call when disaster strikes. The Lions ALERT Program is a plan of action to guide local Lions clubs in their response to events—those that affect a few people, and those that affect thousands. From maintaining local volunteer databases to offering training classes on emergency evacuation routes, the ALERT Program provides a road map for unforeseen situations.

Marilyn Gotcher, president of the Oklahoma City Helping Hands Lions Club in 1995, summed up how the Lions continue to view these tragedies: “Out of pain, suffering and sorrow, so much goodness can come.”

Explore the exciting history of Lions Clubs International with our exclusive Touchstone Stories series. Don’t forget to share these stories with new members so they gain an understanding of Lions history!

Aug
18

Message from IP Aggarwal: Lions Stand Against Hate

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My Dear Lions,

Like me, I’m sure you have followed the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia and Barcelona, Spain. Acts of terror, and loss of innocent lives must never become the norm.

Lions International and its over 1.4 million members around the world stand for peace, unity, and service to others. For over 100 years we have upheld the principle that people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religions and ideologies can work together to make a positive difference.

We are the example that where there is peace, there can be no hatred. Where there is love, there can be no hatred. Where there is understanding, there can be no hatred. And when there is no hatred, it is a better world for all.

We stand together as one against hate, bigotry and violence in all its forms.

And we pray for the victims of the recent attacks in Barcelona, Spain and Charlottesville, Virginia. May peace and love prevail.

Namaste,

Dr. Naresh Aggarwal

International President

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Aug
18

LCIF Awards Disaster Grants, July 2017

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) offers a variety of funding options to support various stages for disaster relief operations, including Disaster Preparedness, Emergency, Community Recovery and Major Catastrophe Grants.

For districts impacted by a natural disaster including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and tsunamis, Emergency Grants provide up to US$10,000. Lions district governors may apply for disaster relief funds to help meet immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies. LCIF typically awards more than US$2 million in Emergency Grant funding each year. Community Recovery Grants aid districts interested in supporting short-term cleanup and repair efforts in situations where other organizations have already addressed immediate needs. Lions district governors may submit proposals for community recovery grants.

In July 2017, LCIF awarded 20 Emergency Grants and 1 Community Recovery Grant totaling US$170,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

New York, USA, District 20-Y2
US$10,000 for flood relief

The Republic of Bangladesh, District 315-B1
US$5,000 for flood relief

The Republic of Bangladesh, District 315-A2
US$5,000 for flood relief

Wisconsin, USA, District 27-A1
US$10,000 for flood relief

Illinois, USA, District 1-F
US$10,000 for flood relief

The Philippines, District 301-B2
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

The Republic of Korea, District 356-D
US$10,000 for flood relief

Brazil, District LD-7
US$20,000 for hailstorm relief – home repairs

Indonesia, District 307-A1
US$10,000 for flood relief

India, District 322-D
US$10,000 for flood relief

California, USA, District 4-A1
US$10,000 for fire relief

Illinois, USA, District 1-D
US$10,000 for flood relief

Wisconsin, USA, District 27-E2
US$10,000 for flood relief

India, District 3232-B
US$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 322-C1
US$5,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-2
US$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 322-C2
US$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 322-C4
US$5,000 for flood relief

The Republic of Bangladesh, District 315-B2
US$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 322-C3
US$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 3232-J
US$5,000 for flood relief

 

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.

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