GX Foundation has launched the “Cataract Blindness Elimination Program” in 5 countries in late 2022 and throughout 2023. Nearly 15,000 individuals have undergone eye screening and the target of 9,600 free cataract surgeries was hit as of today.
On January 11, 2024, Chairman of GX Foundation, Mr. LEUNG Chun-ying attended the “Light of Hope – GX 2024 Global Cataract Blindness Elimination Program Launch Ceremony” in Luang Prabang, Laos. Other attendees of the event include the CEO of GX Foundation, Professor Emily CHAN Ying-yang; Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Luang Prabang, Mr. ZHANG She-ping; Lao Minister of Health; representatives from the Luang Prabang provincial government; and representatives from Chinese-funded enterprises.
At the event, Chairman LEUNG summarized the achievements of the Foundation from the past year and outlined the goals for the coming year, stating “To date, we have examined the eyes of around 15,000 patients and performed 9,600 surgeries across five countries in Southeast Asia and Africa, hitting the goal set last year. In 2024, the Foundation plans on performing 12,000 vision-restoring surgeries worldwide.” He thanked the medical team, governments of all partnering countries and programme partners for their full support, enabling the Foundation to continue bringing light of hope to more patients and foster people-to-people connectivity.
The Foundation also signed an extension for its MOU with the Ministry of Health of Laos on 12 January 2024, aiming to continue the provision of free cataract surgeries for more Lao cataract patients in the future. The Foundation’s Laos program will end in 2025.