As Lions, we care about our communities and about the health and well-being of others. This is a theme that can be seen around the world. Maybe you’ve held health screenings as a club, or maybe you have even received a Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) grant to provide needed medical equipment or services in your community. But I know that one thing is certain – Lions want to help people have a better life.
A few years ago, Lions and LCIF embarked on a pilot initiative to help vulnerable communities where measles is prominent. Lions in those communities wanted to be involved. Three years later, LCIF solidified a partnership with the GAVI Alliance to continue helping children in those vulnerable communities.
Lions’ ability to identify and meet needs, no matter the size, makes a real difference in the lives of others – a quality that is recognized by LCIF’s partners. Past District Governor Aruna Oswal and I recently had the opportunity to gather with more than 30 CEOs, senior executives and government leaders, including Bill Gates, at a GAVI Alliance hosted event. We convened in Switzerland to discuss global health and immunization, and the importance of the private sector’s role.
Whether measles is a deadly threat in your community or not, there is a need for vaccination efforts globally. Measles still kills more than 300 people each day, and creates lasting health issues for many others. By working with the GAVI Alliance, more than 114 million children will be vaccinated against measles.
Thank you for your support with this initiative. I am looking forward to celebrating Lions’ achievements and goals during World Immunization Week in April this year.
Wayne A. Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation