COMMUNITY WORK - SIGHT FOR KIDS
COMMUNITY WORK - SIGHT FOR KIDS
According to a 5-year study by the U.S. National Eye Institute, 15% of children under the age of 15 suffer from myopia. The study further points out that amongst children with vision issues, 50% of their problems remained undetected and untreated. In short, half of all these children are in need of vision corrective lenses, yet such needs are not catered for.
Furthermore, WHO estimates that 50% of blind children amongst the 1,500,000 of them live in Asia. The fact is, over half of these cases were avoidable. With affordable preventive measures or effective treatments, these Asian children's eyesight could have been saved.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care of the U.S. have been participating actively in eye health education and care in conjunction with its efforts on the following: innovation of vision care development, promotion of global awareness of vision and its care, and provision of high-quality contact lens products to their customers. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) have been collaborating to fight childhood blindness since 2002 through Sight for Kids (SFK), a programme that provides vision screenings (focusing on schools, homes, and clinics), treatments (eyeglasses or surgeries) and eye health education for children. Over the past 10 years, SFK has successfully provided free-of-charge eye checkups for 16,000,000 children in Asia.
Till now, SFK has referred nearly 600,000 children to eye care practitioners for further evaluation, More than 163,000 have received glasses and more than 76,000 have been treated for various eye conditions. This year, SFK aims at implementing 7 projects across 4 countries (namely Thailand, Malaysia, India, and Korea) where 2,000,000 children will receive eye checkups. After that, the Philippines will be SFK's next destination.
Collaboration Partner - Lions Clubs International
Founded in 1917, Lions Clubs International (LCI) strives to provide individuals from all walks of life opportunities to contribute themselves to the society. Today she has over 45,000 affiliated clubs in over 197 countries and regions. She is also reaching out to unexplored areas as a response to the ever-increasing and -changing needs of the international society.
LCI's efforts on helping the blind or visually-impaired have been recognised globally. Its Sight First programme fights preventable or reversible blind conditions through founding of hospitals/clinics, eye care practitioner training, giving out medications, and raising public awareness of eye disease. One of LCI's strengths lie in her capability in mobilizing volunteers, interrelated organizations, and eye health concern groups for successful implementation of her programs.
Besides, SFK has a good number of international partners, such as local health departments/education bureaux and related eye care concern groups. Here below is a list of SFK's international partners who enable us to implement our educational projects:
- Bangkok Municipal Authority
- Korat Institute
- Simitive Hospital
- Hospital Selayang
- Hospital Kajang
- Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah，Klang
- Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Baru
- Little Flower Hospital & Research Centre, Angamaly
- Medical College Hospital, Kolenchery
- St. Johns Hospital, Kattappana
- Lions Howrah Hospital
- Lions Adarsh Sraddha Hospital
- Lions Bagh Bazar Institute of Ocular Sciences
- L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad
- Dr. Ranga Reddy Lions Eye Hospital, Secunderabad
- Sadhuram Lions Eye Hospital, Secunderabad
- MS Reddy Lions Eye Hospital, Meerpet, Hyderabad
- Dandoo Lions Eye Hospital, Secunderabad
- Korean Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness （KFPB）
- Philippines General Hospital