Lions Club SightFirst program enters its third phase
During the Lions World Sight day and the third phase of the SightFirst China Action program, had donations and pledges reached to almost US$ 2.67 million dollars. This was done by the Lions Clubs International Foundation together with the partnership of the Ministry of Health and China’s Disabled Persons Federation.
The donations together with other funding will be used to develop a low vision rehabilitation system and the Shenzhen Low Vision rehabilitation Center plus tow more rehabilitation center in the Liaoning and Guangdong provinces. The program was officially launched in 1999 and have collected donations of more than US$ 30 million from the Lions Club and around US$ 200 million from the Chinese Government.
The funds allowed the national optometric infrastructure to be strengthened by upgrading 300 secondary eye care units in hospitals in underdeveloped counties and provinces around China. This also helped reduce the cataract caused blindness in China by operating on 5.2 million patients. The third phase will focus on eye diseases such as blinding trachoma, and hopes that the third phase will help eradicate the disease in China by 2016.
The Lions Club International is the largest service club organization in the world with more than 45,000 clubs worldwide and around 1.3 million members. The Shenzhen Lions Club was established in 2002.