In 2016, 285 million people still suffer from visual impairment when 80% of these cases could be avoided.
Since the 2000s, the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the Lions Club International Foundation has dedicated the second Thursday of October to raise awareness on issues about blindness and visual impairment.
World Sight Day is the perfect time for L’OCCITANE to highlight these issues and raise awareness among its customers, partners and employees on its commitment opportunities in the fight against avoidable blindness.
L'OCCITANE CARES ABOUT SIGHT
Through its partners on the field, L'OCCITANE Foundation supports each year more than 20 projects against avoidable blindness around the world:
Operating in Burkina Faso, Light For The World (LFTW) is one of these NGOs in a partnership with the Foundation. In a country where 25 ophthalmologists practice for a population of 17 million inhabitants, LFTW’s project aims to train new practitioners to reach over 40,000 patients by 2019 and supports a sustainable and effective eye care system.
L’OCCITANE’s subsidiaries are also involved in this program by supporting local projects as the one led by L’OCCITANE in Hong Kong. To detect as early as possible potential eye diseases, the team supports the Hong Kong Society for the Blind and its Vision Screening Bus Project which will allow a vision screening for more than 10,000 young children.
10 MILLION BENEFICIARIES BY 2020
In 2015, the Foundation had celebrated its 2 million beneficiaries. In 2016, a new ambition is set: to reach 10 million beneficiaries by 2020, the “10BY20” goal.
With its new program “Union For Vision” in partnership with the IAPB, the Foundation assures an access to eye care at an international level. L’OCCITANE’s employees are also involved in this goal “10BY20” by supporting local projects to fight avoidable blindness in their countries.
To reach this goal of 10 million beneficiaries by 2020, the Foundation launched a call for projects worldwide. The list of the selected projects will be published shortly.