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Lions Sight Savers Trust

Lions Sight Savers Trust

Contact details

Name: Trustees for the Lions Sight Savers Trust: David Firth / Patrick Hamblin
Email: patrick.hamblin@btinternet.com
Name: MD Sight Officer: Sue Taylor
Email: susantaylor158@btinternet.com  
Name: Sightsavers – see website: http://www.sightsavers.org/
Email: lions@sightsavers.org

Key information

Over the last 40 years, Lions clubs across the UK have supported Sightsavers through the Lions Sight Savers Trust to help stop thousands of people across Africa and Asia from going blind. Over £3.9 million has been donated from Lions clubs during this time.

Lions Sight Savers Trust

Bringing crucial eye health services to the most marginalised.

In India, 9.2 million people are blind, and 78.9 million people have a moderate or severe visual impairment. Yet the leading causes of sight loss – cataracts and refractive error – can be treated. As India starts to recover after COVID-19, the impact will be far-reaching. Lockdown restrictions mean eye health care has been less accessible, with a growing backlog of people waiting for treatment. Our incredible eye health teams and volunteers have worked tirelessly with ministries of health, communities, and our partners. Together, we’ve adapted our work to make sure eye screenings and treatments can continue under COVID-safe conditions, and to ensure that people with disabilities are not forgotten.

One boy to have benefitted is Santanu – without treatment for cataracts, he was at risk of losing his education, his independence, and his chance of a life free from blindness. Fortunately, we were able to reach him before his sight was permanently damaged. Read Santanu’s story on the link below.

Sightsavers needs your support to continue to scale up services and reduce the backlog of patients desperately in need of cataract surgery and other eye health services.

Donations should be sent to the District Treasurer by cheque, made payable to the District, and endorsed on the back: ‘Lions Sight Savers’.

For further information please read the latest information below.

Saving Sight Together

Donations by Lions clubs make a difference:

  • £30 would pay for an adult cataract surgery
  • £100 would pay for personal protective equipment such as face masks, which are urgently needed for safe eye screenings and operations
  • £500 would fund the training of 100 health workers to complete their training in primary eye health
  • £1,000 would cover the cost of distributing more than 430 pairs of glasses
  • £5,000 would protect or treat 750 people in Africa for potentially blinding diseases.

About Sightsavers

Sightsavers’ vision is a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and people with visual impairments and other disabilities can participate equally in society.

More than 2.2 billion people in the world are blind or visually impaired. Over 1 billion have a condition that could have been prevented or can be treated. Of these, 89% live in countries where healthcare and social support systems are severely lacking. Simple eye health interventions – such as a cataract operation or a pair of glasses – cost relatively little and can drastically improve a person’s life.

Sightsavers works with governments and local partners in Asia and Africa to create robust and lasting eye health services to help people now and in the future. It provides eye operations for people who need them, and trains eye care workers and surgeons to offer sight-saving treatment. Through community volunteers, Sightsavers distributes medication to protect people from diseases in some of the world’s poorest countries. Since its work began in 1950, Sightsavers has helped to provide 7.7 million cataract operations and trained over 1,000 surgeons to perform this treatment.

In 2021, we aim to:

  • reach more than 7.3 million people, dispense 500,000 pairs of glasses
  • deliver more than 450,000 eye operations.

We hope Lions clubs will feel moved to support another year of our life-changing work.

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