2023-10-18

Work of GX Foundation recognized as pragmatic achievement of the “Belt and Road” “People-to-People Connectivity” Initiative

CEO Professor Emily Chan Ying-yang shares memorable stories in the Thematic Forum on People-to-People Connectivity

The Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was held in Beijing, where multiple thematic forums were organized. GX Foundation (“the Foundation”) was the only Hong Kong organization that spoke in the Thematic Forum on People-to-People Connectivity, and we are honored to have our work recognized and officially certified as a pragmatic achievement of the “Belt and Road” “People-to-People Connectivity” Initiative. CEO of GX Foundation, Professor Emily Chan Ying-yang, shared her experience of conversing with an elderly woman a week ago in Mauritania, West Africa, in the Thematic Forum on People-to-People Connectivity. This served as an example of how the Foundation and Chinese medical teams practice people-to-people connectivity abroad.

Work recognized as pragmatic achievement of “People-to-People Connectivity” initiatives
Hong Kong plays significant role in contributing to people-to-people diplomacy
GX Foundation has fully launched the “Cataract Blindness Elimination Project” in 5 project countries, providing 2 to 5 years of free surgeries in Laos, Cambodia, Djibouti, Senegal and Mauritania. As of today, the Foundation has performed more than 5000 cases of surgeries across the 5 countries, earning official recognition as a pragmatic achievement of the “Belt and Road” “People-to-People Connectivity” Initiative. Moreover, the Foundation has been invited to share at a thematic forum alongside three other institutions. Leung Chun-ying, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC and Chairman of GX Foundation, expressed his delight at the high-level recognition of the Foundation's work. He believes that this achievement is the result of the collective efforts of the Foundation's colleagues, Board members, and Chinese medical teams, and he extends special thanks to all the donors for their support and trust. Chairman Leung added, "As our country moves towards and takes center stage on the world platform, Hong Kong has a significant role in people-to-people diplomacy. We should leverage the advantages of the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle to contribute Hong Kong's strength."

Female doctor provides cataract surgeries for women in Mauritania, breaking down gender conflicts
GX Foundation CEO Professor Emily Chan Ying-yang recently headed to Beijing after returning from 2 of the Foundation’s project countries in West Africa to attend the Thematic Forum on People-to-People Connectivity. Professor Chan said that the project site in Nouakchott in Mauritania is flooded with patients waiting for treatment every day. She shared a story of a 72-year-old elderly woman, saying, “This old woman went blind from treatable cataracts. Her poor economic conditions and religious beliefs limited her to receiving treatment only from female doctors. However, with the scarce number of female doctors capable of performing cataract surgeries in the local area, she was had barely any hope of regaining her sight. In order to address this local need, GX Foundation collaborated with the Heilongjiang provincial medical team and dispatched female doctors to Nouakchott to provide equal treatment opportunities for local women."
Professor Chan added that GX Foundation collaborates with partners of different levels, including medical teams, local ministries of health, multinational corporate engineers, embassies, global logistics pharmaceutical supply companies and volunteers that assist in patient recruitment. She mentioned that during the pandemic, the Foundation’s staff went to 3 partnering countries and donated a total of 60 tons of supplies in person. As of today in 2023, GX Foundation has successfully completed over 5,000 cases of surgeries.

She pointed out that all donations received by are private contributions, primarily used for implementing medical and public health projects in the overseas fields. She believes that this is a direct action in line with “people-to-people” connectivity and promoting friendship between Chinese and foreign people.