Bangladesh, Multiple District 315 – A grant of US$62,663 was given to Lions in Bangladesh to expand Lions Quest in their region. This includes conducting six Lions Quest training workshops to train 240 new teachers and educators from 17 schools. More than 8,400 students will benefit from this expansion of the program. In addition, 12 local trainers will be trained to continue expansion and implementation in the future.
Brazil, District LC-1 - A grant of US$25,000 was awarded to expand Lions Quest to the city of Petrópolis. The Lions in LC-1 are working directly with the Mayor of Petrópolis and the Secretary of Education to coordinate implementation of Lions Quest into Petrópolis public schools. Three Lions Quest workshops will train 60 teachers from 60 schools, reaching a total of 18,000 students over two years.
Costa Rica, District D-4 – A grant of US$25,893 will help Lions implement Lions Quest in Costa Rica as a pilot program in five San José schools. The Ministry of Education selected the schools based on need. Lions will be involved with the pilot program, which includes one Lions Quest training workshop for 40 teachers. This program will support more than 3,100 students.
Japan, District 333-D – A grant of US$25,000 will expand Lions Quest to the Gunma area of Japan. Lions will host five workshops for 125 educators, benefitting approximately 1,522 students. In addition, four model schools will teach Lions Quest principles to all grades.
Japan, District 334-E – A grant of US$25,000 was given to Lions in District 334-E to expand Lions Quest into their district. Lions will hold four workshops to train 100 educators, benefitting approximately 1,082 students. In addition, two model schools are planned, where all grades will learn Lions Quest principles.
Mexico, District B-4 – A grant of US$25,000 was given to Lions in District B-4 to expand Lions Quest to 10 schools in the cities of Manzanillo and Colima. Six Lions Quest workshops will train 230 teachers to benefit 4,000 students.
Romania, District 124 – A grant of US$25,000 will help Lions expand Lions Quest in District 124 into German-speaking schools. Five training workshops will be held for 85 teachers, reaching approximately 2,700 students. In addition, three trainers will be trained, allowing for continued expansion and implementation in the future.
Sweden, Multiple District 101 – A grant of US$93,850 was awarded to MD 101 to expand Lions Quest throughout the region. Twenty training workshops will train 500 teachers and sports coaches to benefit approximately 12,500 students. In addition, Lions will update materials for their multiple district and increase publicity focused on bullying prevention.
United States, District 24-E – A grant of US$25,000 was awarded to expand Lions Quest into three new school districts in Virginia, USA. This expansion will consist of two Lions Quest training workshops to train 36 school counselors from 36 elementary schools. Approximately 10,500 students will benefit from this program expansion.
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Cameroon, District 403-B — A grant of US$875,000 will provide continuing support for Cameroon’s National Onchocerciasis Control Program, making possible the distribution of over 3.4 million doses of Mectizan™. To achieve this, more than 26,000 Community Drug Distributors, 1,700 health workers, and 260 district level supervisors will receive training on program implementation. In partnership with the Government of Cameroon and the coalition of Non-Governmental Development Organizations, the Lions of Cameroon will provide advocacy and monitoring of the program.
Ethiopia, District 411-A — Through a grant of US$318,768, in partnership with the Lions of Ethiopia and the Ethiopia Ministry of Health, the All Africa Leprosy Rehabilitation and Training Center’s Ophthalmic Nurse Program will provide training to 75 ophthalmic nurses over three years. Trainees will acquire hands-on experience during supervised eye camps including cataract and trachoma surgeries. To make this possible, the Lions have also been provided funding for the purchase of a field vehicle. Upon graduation, the new ophthalmic nurses will join the public service to provide eye care where it is needed most in Ethiopia.
India, District 316-G — A grant of US$118,688 will allow the Lions of District 316-G to expand the Smt. Rajeswari Ramakrishnan Lions Eye Hospital efforts to provide screening and treatment for diabetic retinopathy through the purchase of diagnostic and surgical equipment. The project will help the hospital organize 126 diabetic retinopathy outreach events and diagnose diabetic retinopathy, as well as provide treatments.
India, District 321-C1 — A grant of US$117,604 will allow the Lions of India to upgrade the Lions Eye Hospital in Ghaziabad with new diagnostic, surgical and support equipment, as well as provide human resources training. Through this project, the hospital will be able to help more people and provide a more comprehensive approach to eye care. Over the next three years, the Lions will increase the number of patients seen each year to 90,000 people, and the number of cataract surgeries performed each year to 13,000.
India, District 322-C3 — A grant of US$95,314 was awarded to the Lions of District 322-C3 to increase the availability of primary eye care in West Bengal. The project will allow the Lions MJM Eye Hospital in Raniganj to establish five vision centers and upgrade the base hospital, providing services to more people. It is expected that the number of patients seen each year will increase to 36,500 people, and cataract surgeries performed will increase to 8,000 through 75 screening events over the next three years.
India, Multiple District 322 — A grant of US$69,694 was given to MD 322 to help strengthen a retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) program at the Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital in Kolkata through infrastructure development and eye health education. The project will help the hospital screen 1,500 preterm infants, identify ROP cases, and provide treatments over three years. In addition, printed media will be distributed within the eye health community to raise awareness for this condition and the hospital will organize three ROP conferences targeting eye care and neonatal professionals.
Kenya, District 411-A — A grant of US$96,499 will provide training for staff and new equipment for Nairobi’s Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital (LSFEH), which recently established two departments to its existing eye care complex: one vitreo-retinal center and one low-vision unit. Once both units are fully operational, it is expected that over 2,500 low vision and 1,500 vitreo-retinal patients will be offered services over a period of three years.
Mali, District 403-A1 — A grant of US$2,133,297 will support the training of six ophthalmic surgeons, 40 ophthalmic nurses, as well as 24 optometrists over several years through a partnership between the Lions of Mali and the African Institute of Tropical Ophthalmology (IOTA). In addition, continuing education will be offered to 16 ophthalmic practicing nurses. All SightFirst-supported trainees at IOTA come from countries in French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nepal, District 325-A2 — A grant of US$59,450 was given to Lions in District 325-A2 to help enhance low vision and rehabilitation services for children at the Children Hospital for Eye Ear and Rehabilitation Services (CHEERS) through infrastructure development and human resources training. The project will enable two optometrists to be trained in low vision. These optometrists will then train 30 grade school teachers and 50 parents in low vision follow-up and monitoring. In addition, 50 blind/low vision training will receive rehabilitative services and be enrolled in integrated schools after they have completed the program.
Sri Lanka, District 306-C1 — A grant of US$123,217 was given to Lions in District 306-C1 to upgrade the General Hospital in Trincomalee with new diagnostic and surgical equipment. The project will help expand the hospital’s service to its patients. The Lions will increase the number of patients helped each year to 25,000 and the number of annual cataract surgeries to 2,000 over three years.
United States, District 2-S2 — A grant of US$185,895 was given to the Lions of District 2-S2, who have partnered with the University of Texas Medical School to expand and improve low vision services offered in the Houston metropolitan area. The range and quality of low vision services will be improved at two locations: the Center for Visual Rehabilitation at the University of Texas and at the Lyndon B. Johnson County Hospital. The project will develop a framework to implement group occupational therapy, establish low vision device lending libraries accompanied with patient training, and conduct a large-scale low vision awareness campaign. Over the course of the project, the number of patients served annually will double to 1,200 served.