Lions Clubs International Foundation's (LCIF) mission is to support the efforts of Lions clubs worldwide in serving their local communities and the world community as they carry out essential humanitarian service projects.
In the United States, there are approximately 11,887 Lions clubs with more than 332,894 members. Worldwide, there are more than 1.35 million members in 46,206 clubs in more than 208 countries.
SightFirst is the Lions global vision program that supports the development of comprehensive eye care systems to fight the major causes of blindness and vision loss and to care for the blind and visually impaired. This program funds high-quality, sustainable projects that deliver eye care services, develop infrastructure, train personnel, and/or provide rehabilitation and education in underserved communities. Moving forward, SightFirst will support eye health education efforts in two ways:
- By developing national-level eye health education initiatives in middle- and high-income countries, where adequate eye care services exist, yet eye care materials do not.
- As an education component of SightFirst comprehensive eye care projects in low-income countries.
The LCIF Core 4 Diabetes program enables Lions to address the growing epidemic of diabetes, while in collaboration with healthcare providers in their community.
New Lions eye health materials were cobranded with NEHEP and released in 2011.
Marilee Kadar, Program Development Specialist
Diabetic Eye Disease
Vision and Aging