Vientiane, Laos -GX Project Site
Prey Veng, Cambodia -GX Project Site
Djibouti -GX Project site
Fatick, Senegal -GX Project Site
GX Mobile Eye Treatment Centre ( METC) where cataract surgeries will be performed.
GX team took part in Chinese New Year celebration event with Djiboutian people
The team of The GX Foundation (The Foundation) has been tirelessly working on the humanitarian assistance project in countries along the Belt and Road before the Chinese New Year holiday. After signing the MOU with the Health Commission of Heilongjiang Province, the GX team also travelled to Shanxi Province and Djibouti, Africa, to meet with the medical team and local partners to prepare to launch the first Cataract Blindness Elimination Project in Africa in late February.
Joining a Chinese New Year celebration event organised by the Confucius Institute and the 21st Chinese medical team in Djibouti, the GX team members also participated in traditional Chinese New Year cultural events including paper cutting, “pitch-pot”, “touch blessing” games, and tea ceremony to celebrate Chinese New Year with the local people in order to build credible relationships, foster respectable friendships and share in admirable vision.
The Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC and GX Foundation Chairman, Mr. Leung Chun-ying said: “Caroline Dubois, Ravneet Saran, and Irene Fung, the young colleagues from different ethnics and family backgrounds of the Foundation, have devoted themselves to the work for the Foundation and actively participated in the promotion of “people to people” connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative for International Cooperation, which fosters the integration into the National Development. Apart from preparation to launch the first Cataract Blindness Elimination Project in Djibouti, East Africa, they also contributed Hong Kong’s power to the people-to-people connectivity between China and Djibouti. GX Foundation leverages Hong Kong’s advantages of enjoying strong national support and being closely connected to the world. The Foundation is both a participant and a contributor to the Belt and Road Initiative. "
In Shanxi Province, another GX team visited medical professionals and the representatives of the Health Commission of Shanxi Province to prepare for launch of the coming Cataract Blindness Elimination Project. Shanxi Province will send their elite ophthalmology medical team with experience in aiding Africa to Djibouti. Liu Jiewei, leader of the medical team, said “it is our great honour to represent Shanxi Province and the GX Foundation to perform humanitarian mission in Djibouti. We will do our best to help local people to restore their visions so as to regain their normal life with dignity as well as to contribute to people-to-people connectivity along the Belt and Road countries.
The GX Foundation expects to perform about 6,000 free cataract surgeries in Djibouti in the next four years to eliminate the backlog of cataract cases in Djibouti.
GX Foundation is committed to provide international medical and public health humanitarian assistance in the Belt and Road countries. After successfully launching the Cataract Blindness Elimination Project in Laos and Cambodia in 2022, GX Foundation and the Health Commission of Heilongjiang Province entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in Harbin on 9th January 2023, signed by GX Foundation CEO, Prof. Emily Chan Ying-yang and Director of the Health Commission of Heilongjiang, Mr. Wei Xingang. Under the MOU, expert medical professionals from Heilongjiang will travel to Mauritania to provide approximately 3,000 quality cataract surgeries free of charge to local populations in 18 months, restoring the sight of those in need. The ceremony was witnessed by Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC and GX Foundation Chairman, Mr. Leung Chun-ying and Secretary of Heilongjiang Provincial Committee of the CPC, Mr. Xu Qin , as well as representatives of GX Foundation, the provincial government, and the Health Commission.
Mark a new era of the cooperation between Heilongjiang and HKSAR
In December 2022, GX Foundation signed a MOU with the Ministry of Health of Mauritania, marking the kick-off of the collaboration in eliminating the backlog of cataract cases in Nouakchott of Mauritania in the coming year. GX Foundation will send one Mobile Eye Treatment Centre (METC) to provide free surgeries to approximately 3,000 patients in the region. In delivering the opening speech of the MOU signing ceremony , Mr Leung Chun-ying said, “The Memorandum of Understanding signed today not only marks a new era of the cooperation between Heilongjiang and HKSAR in aiding Mauritania, but also signifies a new format of cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong.” On behalf of the GX Foundation, he also expressed his gratitude to the Heilongjiang Health Commission and the Provincial Government, the Provincial Political Consultative Conference, the Provincial Health Commission and other supporters for their profound support to GX Foundation. He believes that this collaboration can further promote the friendship between China and Africa. He also wishes to visit medical team in Mauritania again as soon as possible.
Medical assistance in Africa demonstrated the boundless love of Chinese people
China and Africa have a long history of exchange. As pointed out by President Xi, China and African countries are champions in adversity. Since China sent the first batch of medical aid teams to Africa in 1963, generations of Chinese medical personnel have made selfless dedication in Africa which manifested the spirit of boundless love of the Chinese people.
Sending off more than 800 medical specialists to Mauritania, Heilongjiang has been providing medical assistance to Mauritania since 1968. Visited the medical team of Heilongjiang in Mauritania three months ago, Mr Leung learnt their superb medical skills which have been unanimously recognised by the local government and people and realised their lofty dedication has contributed to the enduring friendship between China and Mauritania.
GX Foundation CEO Prof. Emily Chan Ying-yang and the representatives of the Health Commission of Heilongjiang Province visited medical professionals in the Heilongjiang Provincial Eye Hospital. “After the border reopening of Hong Kong and mainland China, our team immediately enters mainland China to coordinate with different parties to accelerate the project progress with an aim to help people in need to regain vision as soon as possible,” Professor Chan said.
Professor Emily Ying Yang Chan, CEO of GX, was invited by the Hong Kong United Foundation to speak at the 10th Anniversary Ceremony Forum on 13th December 2022. The Hong Kong United Foundation 10th Anniversary Ceremony Forum gathered talented leaders of the society to share their insights under the theme of "Building the road to modernisation in China" and discuss how to put it into action and practice. Professor Emily Chan shared GX’s work along the Belt and Road with GX Chairman, Mr. Leung Chun-ying. Congratulations to Hong Kong United Foundation for the celebration of their 10th Anniversary!
GX Foundation is a non-profit charitable Chinese organization established in Hong Kong. It aims to provide international medical and public health humanitarian assistance in the Belt and Road countries. The name GX is derived from the Chinese word “ 共享 ”, pronounced “Gong Xiang”, meaning “sharing”. It is a response to the call for “people to people” connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative for International Cooperation.
Our foundation leverages on international experiences and cooperation to build comprehensive programmes promoting health, well-being and sustainable livelihood globally. In cooperation with local stakeholders, our projects deliver impactful interventions to address unmet humanitarian health needs in the Belt and Road countries.
Key programmatic themes for the 2019-2024 strategic period include cataract blindness elimination, vector-borne disease control, health emergency disaster risk management, and international partnerships and community knowledge transfer for public health humanitarian assistance.