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HYDERABAD: Lions Clubs International, the global association of Lions Clubs, has decided to raise $200 million to combat sight-related diseases as a part of Campaign Sight First-II in the next three years, according to its International President, Dr Ashok V. Mehta.

Addressing newspersons here on Friday, he said the organisation planned to raise a significant portion of the proposed $200 million from its members across the globe and then seek the help of corporate houses and their corporate social responsibility arms.

A major portion of these funds ($102 million) will be spent during 2005-2008 to combat traditional eye-related diseases. Lions International proposed to spend $48 million towards child blindness eradication and diabetic retinopathy treatment programmes. Around $50 million would be spent on research-related activities. Towards this, Lions International planned to enter into alliances with leading global research organisations on eye care, Dr Mehta said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 15, 2005)
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