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f.l.t.r: Dr. Michel Berna-Thill, Dr. Claude Braun, Prof. Dr. Berthold Seitz,
Jeannot Hansen and Carlo Kemp from Lions Club Esch-sur-Alzette

Lions SightFirst serving visually impaired people

For World Sight Day on 13 October 2022

For more than 30 years, the members of the international Lions movement have been working for the interests of the visually impaired. In addition to worldwide medical and humanitarian actions to combat blindness in developing countries, increased priority has been given in recent years to working with clinics and ophthalmologists, organisations and institutions at home and abroad to prevent blindness and improve vision in young and old.

The main focus was, among other things, the financial support with 100,000 dollars for the expansion of the Lions cornea bank of the University Eye Hospital Homburg in Saarland, as well as the recent financing of an incubator worth 2,500 € by the Escher Lions Club for the cornea harvests in the Hôpitaux Robert Schuman in Kirchberg. (see photo)

During a conference held by Prof. Dr. Berthold Seitz, it became known that in Luxembourg, corneas are harvested by specialised staff at the municipal Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL), the Hôpitaux Robert Schuman (HRS) in Kirchberg, the Escher Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch (CHEM) and, more recently, at the Centre Hospitalier du Nord (CHdN) in Ettelbruck and then transferred to Homburg for transplantation. Thus, in 2021, a total of 113 corneas were harvested in Luxembourg and 82 Luxembourg patients were successfully transplanted in Homburg, a steadily growing number of people whose vision could be restored.

On the occasion of this year's World Day of Sight, an appeal is being made to our population's willingness to donate to consistently support this charitable action, either by informing family members of deceased people about the meaning and value of such tissue transplants, or by donating money to the Fondation Lions Luxembourg to support the specialised removal teams of our clinics under the account number LU68 1111 7048 0503 0000 with the reference " Don SightFirst ".

More information here

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