About Sight First
SightFirst is Lions' most ambitious
and most successful initiative ever. Thanks to SightFirst, Lions have
restored sight to 7.3 million people through cataract surgeries, prevented
serious vision loss for 20 million people and improved eye care services
for hundreds of millions.
SightFirst was launched by Lions
in 1989 to battle preventable blindness. Sadly, 80 percent of the
world's blind were needlessly without sight. Through SightFirst, Lions
have prevented blindness by supporting cataract surgeries, helping
to build or expand eye hospitals and clinics, distributing sight-saving
medication and training eye care professionals.
SightFirst has not only been stunningly
effective but also startlingly efficient. On average, about every
£3 in donations has resulted in a person with vision restored
or saved from blindness. (Campaign SightFirst raised approximately
£44 million from Lions activities around the world)
SightFirst is especially helping
children. In partnership with the World Health Organization, SightFirst
has launched the world's first-ever global initiative to combat childhood
blindness. The project is creating 30 centers for pediatric eye care
around the world.
Campaign SightFirst II (CSFII)
will enable Lions to expand the extraordinary work of SightFirst.
The goal is to raise at least US$150 million to continue to prevent
blindness and restore sight.
The World Needs CSFII
Despite the success of SightFirst,
much work remains. With CSFII, Lions seek to continue to change the
world through sight preservation. SightFirst has been extraordinarily
effective, but Lions' dream of providing "Vision for All"
has not yet been realized. The growth and aging of the world's population
create new challenges. Changing patterns of eye disease, barely discernable
when SightFirst began, have become serious threats to sight around
Cataract, a disease closely tied
to aging, remains the world's leading cause of blindness. Childhood
blindness and low vision are at an all-time high. River blindness
and trachoma, which take the sight of millions, can be controlled,
but increased global awareness and funding are required. Diabetes
and glaucoma silently stalk the vision of millions who may not even
know that they are at risk.
For more information on Sight
First and Capaign Sight First II click here. Also, See
the Lions Eye Heath Programme