LDS Charities will partner with the Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) SightFirst program to improve vision care in Ubaté, Colombia, and the surrounding region. Over the next three years, the initiative will expand and upgrade a hospital in Ubaté and provide eye care to people in neighboring areas. The new hospital will include an eye-care facility that will serve to diagnose patients and provide space for training medical professionals in eye health.
Volunteers plan to train over 300 medical professionals and government leaders in eye-care health. Local medical professionals will learn how to diagnose common eye disorders and provide routine eye screenings and examinations. SightFirst volunteers will mentor local eye-care professionals and assist them to improve the quality of eye care in Colombia.
Since 1990 LCIF has helped over 30 million people through its comprehensive eye-care systems, which fight major causes of blindness as well as help care for the blind and visually impaired. Through the foundations’s efforts, many recipients have experienced improved or restored vision. The purpose of the SightFirst program is to continue to prevent avoidable blindness and visual impairment in poor areas of the world through training and educating local vision professionals.
Dean Walker, a vision initiative manager for LDS Charities, said, “It is a privilege to come together with Lions Club International Foundation to work on this project. We feel the surgical equipment along with the capacity-building efforts led by LCIF will work well together to provide a long-term, sustainable impact on eye health in the local area.”