One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative
This January, members of the Lions Quest and Sight First advisory committees came together to discuss new Lions projects for these programs.
The cornerstone of Lions’ service is saving sight, and there are some exciting new Sight First projects that will be implemented in the coming year. Lions and the African Institute of Tropical Ophthalmology in Mali will train ophthalmic surgeons and nurses, as well as assistant optometrists, over the course of five years. In India, diabetic retinopathy will be treated through an infrastructure development grant that enables the Lions Eye Hospital, Nidadavole, to provide diagnostic and treatment services.
In addition to these life-changing SightFirst grants, Lions Quest grants were awarded. In Virginia, USA, Lions achieved great success with a community partnership grant in 2012, implementing Lions Quest in local schools. Through a new grant, Lions will expand the program’s social and emotional learning methods to new school districts. Students in 22 elementary schools in that region are already learning positive life skills through trained school counselor-taught Lions Quest classes. Now even more children will have the chance to do so, thanks to Lions’ outreach and efforts.
Lions also support youth through measles-related activities. World Immunization Week in April presents an opportunity for projects that raise awareness of measles and the importance of vaccinations. You can learn more about this event below.
There are so many projects of all sizes being completed around the world through Lions and LCIF. As a Foundation, we have supported more than 11,000 grants worldwide since 1968! I encourage you to keep up the good work. In our global community, we have the power to make a difference, no matter the size of the project.
Wayne A. Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation