The Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients (SAPP) in Ho Chi Minh City has received a US$50,000 Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) SightFirst grant to provide free small incision cataract surgeries to 1,500 indigent patients in several areas of Vietnam.
Screening and follow-up care will be provided at local hospitals, while surgeries will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital, Nguyen Trai Hospital, and Trung Vuong Emergency Hospital. Geographically dispersing services and increasing usage of locally available services will help minimize travel and other costs for the patients, and will encourage eye health professionals to actively engage their communities. Patients who have undergone their procedures are required to return for followup care and to have their visual acuity measured.
So far, over 80 patients have received cataract surgeries through this SightFirst grant project.
The month of June saw record numbers of Lions participate in the Leadership Development webinars of Club Secretary Training, Club Treasurer Training and Club President: Leader and Manager. A total of 2,081 Lions participated, many for the first time, such as Lion Sonia, who said, “You eliminated the apprehension I was experiencing. It was an eye-opener.”
Lions not familiar with webinars may discover, as did Lion Sonia, how easy it is to participate and the variety of knowledge provided. The Club Secretary and Treasurer trainings, for example, not only discussed position responsibilities but provided an in-depth MyLCI overview from headquarters staff.
Leadership Development webinars are not meant to replace local in-person training, but enhance and enrich that training in a way that is easily accessible in the convenience of a home, office or club. Topics are scheduled for the new year, including one more session of Club President, Leader and Manager (July 7). To register for that session or such offerings as Harmony Among Generations and Goal Setting and Action Planning, visit: LCI Leadership Development Webinars.
For archived recordings of the club officer trainings and other webinars, visit: Archived Leadership Webinar Recordings
Since 1917, Lions have been serving their communities whenever and wherever there is a need. As we approach 100 years of service, it’s time to celebrate a century of eyeglass recycling, sight missions, disaster relief, Peace Poster contests, tree plantings, food drives and so many other service projects that have helped change lives.
The latest Lions Quarterly video magazine includes the segment above, which provides just a glimpse of how Lions have made an impact over the past 100 years.
How is your Lions club participating in the centennial celebration? Join the Centennial Service Challenge to help Lions everywhere serve 100 million people by 2018! Be sure to post photos of your centennial projects on social media with the hashtag #LIONS100.
Oak Brook, Illinois, USA, June 23, 2015—Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) are pleased to announce Dr. Virgilio Galvis Ramirez of Colombia as the winner of the 2015 Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention.
Dr. Galvis is the Director of the ophthalmic center that carries his name in Bucaramanga, Colombia. He is also an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga, and a pioneer in blindness prevention care for the low-income population in Colombia. Dr. Galvis created the Ophthalmologic Foundation of Santander (FOS) in 1979 with a mission to ”Help others to see” and to bring basic eye care services to rural areas where such services were not available. Additionally, the FOS Center has offered training courses on blindness prevention to national and international eye care professionals in partnership with the Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) Foundation. During his term as Colombia’s Health Minister, Dr. Galvis spearheaded the integration of the VISION 2020 initiative into Colombia’s national eye care program goals. For these, and many more accomplishments, Dr. Galvis will be presented with the US$1,000 award during the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology’s XXXI Congress in Bogotá on August 5, 2015.
The Lions/PAAO Award in Blindness Prevention was created to recognize excellence in the field of blindness prevention. This award is presented on an annual basis to an ophthalmologist of the host country of the PAAO Regional Course or Congress to celebrate local efforts in blindness prevention. The award is made possible through the LCIF SightFirst program and consists of a US$1,000 grant and a travel budget.
“Through SightFirst, Lions have a long history of saving sight and preventing blindness. These successes would not possible without the hard work and accomplishments of ophthalmologists around the world,” said Past LCIF Chairperson Sid L. Scruggs, III. “We are proud to award this grant to a deserving individual who shares in our mission and has made an impact in preventing blindness.”
About Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the grant-making body of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest volunteer service club organization. The LCIF SightFirst program, Lions’ flagship initiative, builds comprehensive eye care systems to fight the major causes of blindness and care for blind and visually impaired persons. Since 1990, the SightFirst program has helped restore sight to more than 30 million people around the world. Lions have raised more than $415 million to provide surgeries, to improve of hundreds of eye care facilities and train of thousands of eye care professionals. For more information, visit www.lcif.org.
About the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO)
The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology was founded in 1939. The PAAO is dedicated to the prevention of blindness through lifelong education and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists in the western hemisphere. For more information, visit www.paao.org.
This year’s Presidential Theme encourages Lions to bring dignity to others through service, create harmony through effective leadership, and build bridges through humanity. Here are a few ways to join Lions around the world in celebrating “Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.”:
Learn more about the 2015-2016 theme on the LCI website, where you’ll find resources and tools to help you get started on this year’s initiatives, and watch the video above to see how Lions are changing lives everywhere.
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