Vientiane, Laos -GX Project Site
Prey Veng, Cambodia -GX Project Site
Djibouti -GX Project site
Fatick, Senegal -GX Project Site
Luang Prabang, Laos - GX Project Site
Nouakchott, Mauritania - GX Project Site
GX Mobile Eye Treatment Centre ( METC) where cataract surgeries will be performed.
GX Foundation has successfully completed all its work for the Year of the Rabbit across its 5 project countries. All of our colleagues and medical teams stationed overseas have returned home to welcome the Year of the Dragon.
In Laos, the 5th cohort of the Guangxi medical team aiding Laos began their assistance work in early November 2023 and stayed until late January 2024. In the 56 surgical days, the medical team completed 1073 free cataract surgeries, with all of them being a success. The GX and medical teams were even invited to the Chinese Consulate-General in Luang Prabang to meet with Consul General, Mr. ZHANG Sheping. He remarked that the medical team members are truly “bearers of light”.
In Cambodia, the 6th cohort of the Guangxi medical team aiding Cambodia arrived in Cambodia at the start of last month. Within 20 surgical days, they performed eye examinations for 429 individuals and completed 276 free cataract surgeries.
In Mauritania, there are still a lot of patients waiting to be examined by the medical team every day since the launch of the program in October 2023. The 3rd cohort of the Heilongjiang provincial medical team aiding Mauritania screened the eyes of over 1100 patients. Within 15.5 surgical days, they performed 351 cataract surgeries, operating only on one METC, averaging 22.6 surgeries daily and setting a new record for the number of surgeries performed on 1 METC!
The program cohorts in two of the Foundation’s other project countries, Senegal and Djibouti, 688 and 1243 free cataract surgeries were completed in the second cohort of both countries respectively.
In the past year, the GX teams in the 5 project countries have completed over 10,000 surgeries worldwide. This achievement also would not have been possible without the hard work and efforts of the Foundation’s Board members, colleagues, participating provincial/autonomous region medical teams and Chinese-funded enterprises in each country.
The Year of Dragon is here soon, GX wishes everyone blessings and prosperity in the new year!
7 students from the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Tsinghua University, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and Taiwan University, interned at the project site in Prey Veng province in Cambodia from 24 January to 28 January. This is the Foundation’s first internship tour with cross-strait four region students.
The interns were responsible for triaging the patients at the local hospital, conducting health education, and visiting patients in rural villages, allowing them to experience humanitarian assistance work first-hand and apply the skills they have learned. Chairman LEUNG Chun-ying and Prof. Emily Chan, CEO of GX Foundation also shared with them the value of the work of GX Foundation.
Over 50 university students have participated in the “Field Experiential Learning Program” of the Foundation since 2019. This program was extended to students from well-known overseas universities in September 2023 and to students from Mainland, Macau, and Taiwan this year.
GX looks forward to having more cross-strait four regions youths interested in humanitarian aid joining the volunteer team, fostering the spirit of “mutual sharing” of the Belt and Road Initiative.
GX has achieved a remarkable milestone by performing a total of 10,000 surgeries to restore vision across the globe! Chairman of GX Foundation, Mr. LEUNG Chun-ying, and CEO Professor Emily CHAN Ying-yang visited patients in Prey Veng province in Cambodia in late January. They celebrated the Foundation’s milestone of the completion of its 10,000th surgery globally with local officials from the Ministry of Health, Cambodian advisors of the Foundation, the Guangxi medical team, and cross-strait four regions university students.
During the visit, Chairman LEUNG Chun-ying, and CEO Professor Emily CHAN Yingyang also held meetings with Cambodian Prime Minister, His Excellency HUN Manet; and Minister of Health, His Excellency CHHEANG Ra respectively. The progress of the Foundation's "Cataract Blindness Elimination Program" and recent launch of the "Pilot Project for Health Protection against Dengue Fever" in Timor-Leste were discussed to explore avenues for strengthening cooperation in the field of public health.
Chairman LEUNG thanked the Health Commissions of each province/autonomous region for their generous support and the efforts of the medical team members, all of whom played a key role in the success of the program. Mr. LEUNG encouraged the medical teams to keep working hard to reach the surgical target for the coming years.
The program of the Foundation has been recognized by the local governments and people in the various project countries. In January, Senegal President Mr. Macky SALL and Lao Minister of Health, His Excellency Dr. Bounfeng PHOUMMALAYSITH, visited the Foundation’s team and medical team in the Fatick Region in Senegal and Luang Prabang in Laos, respectively. Their visits served to affirm the Foundation's dedicated efforts toward eliminating cataract blindness.
With the support of the Health Commissions from the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Shanxi Province, Heilongjiang Province, and Fujian Province, the Foundation has dispatched 18 medical teams consisting of over 120 medical workers. These teams have provided screenings and surgeries for over 16,000 patients, completing 10,000 cases, respectively, in 5 countries since September 2022, and all the surgeries brought positive post-operative outcomes to the patients.
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 countries of the Belt and Road Initiative for International Cooperation, responding to the call for “people-to-people” connectivity under the initiative.
GX is committed to eliminating the backlog cases of cataract blindness in 5 countries, and pledges to provide 37,500 free cataract surgeries in Laos, Cambodia, Djibouti, Senegal and Mauritania between 2022 and 2027.
Key programmatic themes of GX include cataract blindness elimination, vector-borne disease control, health emergency disaster risk management, international partnerships, and community knowledge transfer for public health humanitarian assistance.