Context

There is strong demand for eye care services across China. However, not everyone has easy access. Those living in rural areas face financial and logistical challenges that limit their ability to obtain eye care services. The main causes are an absence of high-quality services, a lack of qualified professionals and rudimentary infrastructure: all reasons that explain the high blindness rates in the Chinese countryside.

 

Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation and L'OCCITANE China are supporting the NGO Orbis's project in China's Chaozhou countryside. The project aims to create an effective and sustainable network to prevent blindness by focusing on primary eye care services. To do this, Orbis is working on various fronts: training medical personnel, teaching rural populations about eye health, improving basic infrastructure, researching eye health, funding treatment, donating equipment for underprivileged patients, etc.

In 2020, the Foundation continues to support the project, particularly in the Ningxia region, where the prevalence of blindness among children aged 7 to 18 is estimated at 63%. 

Some figures

 

 

2020 budget 64 605 euros

2025 goal 213 764 beneficiaries

History

Project supported since 2014

Total budget 307 923 euros

Total goal 50 000 beneficiaries

L’OCCITANE China supported the NGO Orbis with similar projects in the Guangdong region in 2015, in Shandong in 2016, in Shenyang in 2017 and in Shanxi in 2018.

What's more, the L'OCCITANE Foundation directly funded a five-year project run by the NGO aiming to develop a comprehensive network of paediatric eye care services to save the eyesight and transform the lives of children across the Gansu province.