Fairfax Host Lions Club Spearhead a Comprehensive Multi-component Vision Care, Medical & Surgical Mission to Sagaing, Inle Lake and Bagan, Myanmar

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Lions Clubs International award assistance grant for comprehensive medical mission.

We have a network of clubs worldwide ready to assist in natural disasters, establish schools and hospital for the blind an distribute vaccinations to prevent and eradicate diseases like river blindness and measles, commented Dennis Brining

Past Council Chair Lion Dennis Brining of the Fairfax Host Lions Club and Lion Marcia Selva, President of Global Community Service Foundation, are returning to Myanmar following a recent in-country assessment conducted earlier this year on a Mission funded by Lions Clubs International Foundation and jointly staffed with Lions from Virginia and Minnesota and ophthalmologists from the Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology.

The in-country host for the Mission is the Venerable Dr. Ashin Nanissara, Chancellor of the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy. The Academy oversees 21 hospitals across the country, the majority of which focus on vision.

The multi-component mission will benefit the disadvantaged and underserved communities in several locations throughout the country and serve as a country development effort for further Lions activities in the future.

Team members in the effort include: Lions and Optometrists of Virginia, District 24-A, Lions from Minnesota, District 5M-6, Ophthalmologists and technical support staff from the Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology, and support staff from Global Community Service Foundation who are providing travel and logistics support for a total contingent of 22 personnel.

The Mission will last approximately 2 weeks running from January 18th to Feb 2nd, 2013 and include: Discussions with both US and local Government entities in Yangon, several hundred cataract surgeries, eye examinations, vision screenings, and eye glass distribution as appropriate, and Diabetes education and low vision training in both the Sitagu Ayuudana Hospital in Sagaing Hills and Sitagu Metta Clinic in Inle Lake. The Lions vision assessment team will also conduct a ½ day vision screening and eye glass distribution clinic in Bagan and outfit a small developing medical clinic in Nyaung Shwe Township with more advanced analytical equipment to help meet the growing needs of the local community in the area around Inle Lake.

“The Mission trip to Myanmar shows how open the world is becoming. Lions have long been recognized for their work with the visually impaired and blind here in the US. What many people do not know is that we have a network of clubs worldwide ready to assist in natural disasters, establish schools and hospitals for the blind, and even distribute vaccinations to prevent and eradicate diseases like river blindness and measles,” commented Dennis Brining.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. To learn more about the Lions Clubs International Mission and how to find a local club visit http://www.lionsclubs.org.

Global Community Service Foundation (GCSF) works to improve the social, economic, health and educational status of the people of Southeast Asia by implementing sustainable community-based programs. Since 1997, GCSF has supported healthcare programs, income generation activities and humanitarian assistance in Myanmar. GCSF is a registered US 501(c)3 organization. To find out more about GCSF go to http://www.globalcommunityservice.org.

The Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology is a statewide professional society representing more than 350 eye physicians. The primary purpose of the organization is to maintain high quality and accessible medical and surgical eye care through professional education, practice management, advocacy and public service projects. The WAO was established in 1989 as a not-for-profit corporation in Wisconsin. For more information visit: http://www.WIeyeMD.org

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