Lifeline Express medical team performed cataract surgery for 468 patients in Dongzhi and Naypyidaof Myanmar. Thanks to the joint efforts of the relevant parties between China and Myanmar, the Lifeline Express International Sight Saving Mission Programme could be successfully implemented with good achievements. In recent years, China has continuously increased its investment in the field of people's livelihood in Myanmar, to promote people-to-people bondage, and deepen the friendship between China and Burma.
A delegation for Lifeline Express International Sight Saving Mission Programme visited in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on 1 November 2017. The delegation members include:
- Mrs. Nellie Fong, Foundation chairman for Lifeline Express
- Mr. Hong Liang, Ambassador of the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar
- Madam Le Ai Mei, Honorary Ambassador for Poverty Alleviation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China
- Dr. Min Tui, Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar
- Mr. Yu Xiaosong, former Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade,
- Mr. Eddy Fong, Chairman of Lifeline Express Hong Kong Foundation ,
- Dr. Mya Thidar, Chairman of Myanmar Ray Zundu Foundation, and
- Dr. Hla Marlar, Dean of the Odeya Eye, ENT Hospital, Myanmar
The Lifeline Express International Sight Saving Mission to Myanmar was conducted by the Henan Provincial People's Hospital. The eye doctors from that hospital performed phacoemulsification and phacoemulsification surgery for cataract extraction and intraocular lens implantation for cataract patients living in poverty stricken areas. At the same time, the medical team conducted consultations on difficult eye diseases, taught local doctors, and conducted academic exchanges with local ophthalmologists.
And the medical team from the hospital trained local doctors, conducted consultations on intractable eye diseases, and organized academic exchanges with local ophthalmologists.
The medical team of Peking Union Medical College Hospital, appointed by Lifeline Express, ended the international sight saving mission programme within one month. A number of 503 cataract operations were conducted for the poor and the needy for free. The Chinese medical team is undoubtedly contributing to the development of China-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations. As said by Madam Cui Li, Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China, at the programme launching ceremony on 2nd December 2016, the fact that the Lifeline Express carried out cataract operations in Sri Lanka, would not only benefit the local people, but also play a significant role in developing the relations between the two countries. . With the implementation of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, China’s “Healthy Silk Road” programme has also been moving forward.
Launching Ceremony of the Lifeline Express International Sight Saving Mission Programme was held in Karutala, Sri Lanka in the afternoon of 2 December 2016. Opening remarks were respectively made by:
Mrs. Nellie Fong, Founding Chairman, Lifeline Express,Mrs. Cui Li, Vice Minister of National Health Commission, Mr. Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka,Sri Raja Senaratna, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Local Medicine of Sri Lanka, and Pradeep Wijesinghe, President of General Hospital in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Yin Dakui, former Vice Minister of Health, Madam Le Aimei, the Ambassador for the Relief of Poverty in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr.Eddy Fong, chairman of Lifeline Express Hong Kong Foundation were also presented at the launch ceremony.
With the coordination by Madam. Le Ai Mei, the Honorary Ambassador for Poverty Alleviation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and with the joint leadership of the MOFA and National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), a medical team, consisting of ophthalmologists and nurses from Peking Union Medical College Hospital, implemented Lifeline Express International Sight Saving Mission programme in Sri Lanka from November 20 to December 21, 2016.