Video: WHO World Immunization Week 2014 – Know, Check, Protect

by LCIF

World Immunization Week starts next week! This short video from the World Health Organization encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions are supporting worldwide efforts to end measles through the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. In celebration of World Immunization Week from April 24 – 30, LCIF has launched a 30 day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative!

When you make a donation for measles during the month of April 2014, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000.

Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect.

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Video: The Impact of Vaccines

by LCIF

In this video created by our partners at the GAVI Alliance, learn about how vaccinations make a larger impact in the world beyond just providing health benefits.

You can learn about Lions Clubs International Foundation’s work with the GAVI Alliance and against measles online.

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Safeguarding a Nation: Lions Address Measles in Botswana

by LCIF

April_2014_LION_CoverWhen Leganne Matlho’s eldest son fell sick at the age of 10 with a high temperature and “sores all over his body,” his mother did not at first realize how serious the situation could become.

She had heard of measles–children in her town in northern Botswana had died from it in the past. But for a day or two she waited before taking Titoga to a clinic, where doctors prescribed immediate treatment and told her that she had been lucky he had not deteriorated faster.

“I was so frightened that some illness he can catch without me knowing could have caused him to be blind, or even to die, very quickly,” Matlho says, sitting in the shade in her swept yard where tomatoes, kale and lettuce grow in neat lines in the sandy soil. “It was only after that I came to realize that there is a protection against this disease in the form of an injection, something Titoga did not get. Since that day that my son was sick, all of my children have been vaccinated.”

Piwane, Matlho’s 15-month-old daughter, was the latest to be given the shot, at a health center here in SelebiPhikwe, a mining town set in flat land in Botswana’s east, 250 miles north of the capital, Gaborone.

She was one of close to 200,000 children aged between 9 months and 5 years immunized during a five-day nationwide campaign in November in which Botswana’s Lions played a key role.

Read the rest of this article by Mike Pflanz in the April 2014 edition of LION Magazine to learn how Lions are addressing measles in Botswana.

During the month of April, LCIF has issued a 30 day challenge to help celebrate this year’s World Immunization Week from April 24-30: to raise US$1 million for measles!

When you make a donation for measles during the month of April 2014, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000. Learn more on the LCIF websitehttp://lion.ly/vl4dZ.

Make a difference, donate to LCIFThank you for your support!

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LCIF Humanitarian Grants Awarded March 2014

by LCIF

During the February/March 2014 Board of Directors meeting in San Diego, California (USA), 82 LCIF humanitarian grants were awarded totaling US$4,287,227.

These grants support life-changing projects such as building Habitat for Humanity homes in the Republic of Korea, equipping an eye care center in the United States, upgrading a cancer care unit in India, and providing mammography equipment in Venezuela.

Lions will touch the lives of an estimated 2 million people through these grants, assisting those in need both locally and globally.

Upcoming grant deadlines include:

  • April 28, 2014: Standard, Core 4 and IAG grant applications for review at the June 2014 Board meeting
  • May 19, 2014: SightFirst grant applications for review by the SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) in August 2014
  • June 20, 2014: Lions Quest grant applications for review by the Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) in August 2014

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You Donated Photos and Helped Save Children’s Sight

by LCIF
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LCIF staff share their gratitude through Donate a Photo.

What started as a one-month initiative in honor of World Sight Day 2013 with Lions Clubs International Foundation’s partners at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (JJVC) turned into a six-month success story, thanks to Lions and our friends!

Through the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app for smartphones, you donated 23,864 photos to Sight for Kids. Thanks to you, that many additional children will now receive Sight for Kids vision screenings!

Sight for Kids has provided much needed eye-health education and school-based vision screenings for underserved children across Asia. The program also provides referrals to professional eye care for eyeglasses and surgery. This is an important service because poor vision can often go unnoticed in children and vision problems at a young age can impede the ability to see the board in the classroom and more.

Since 2002, more than 19 million children have received vision screenings and access to professional eye care through Sight for Kids. Now, 23,864 more children will benefit from this partnership program because of your photos.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped us achieve such great results.

Sight for Kids wouldn’t be the successful program that it is today without the dedicated Lions, teachers, eye care professionals, JJVC employees and others who work to make the screenings and follow-up happen. Thank you for all of your support.

Visit www.lcif.org/sfk for more information on this partnership initiative. Below are just a small sampling of the photos that were donated to save children’s sight:

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