Context

In the Philippines, one in four indigenous people is visually impaired, and the rate of blindness in these communities is six times higher than in other populations. Often located in underserved areas, they are unable to access the eye care they need, which has a significant impact on their family life and well-being. Cataract-related blindness is 12 times more common among indigenous peoples, yet 94% of these cases are preventable or curable. 

 

Supported project

In 2020, L'OCCITANE Philippines and the L'OCCITANE Foundation renewed their partnership with The Fred Hollows Foundation to provide basic eye health care in rural areas of the Philippines. In partnership with local civil society organizations (CSOs), this project will address identified barriers to health-seeking behaviors by supporting specific interventions such as targeted awareness campaigns, screenings sessions, transportation allowances, provisions of spectacles and pre/post-surgery medicines. 

A preferential assistance will be specifically given to elderly women, tricycle drivers and street vendors, farmers and fisherfolks and persons with disability (PWDs). 

Some figures

Budget 10.000 euros

Goal 30.080 beneficiaries

History

Project supported since 2019

In 2019, L'OCCITANE Philippines and the Foundation started to support the Fred Hollows Foundation project in the Philippines in order to provide eye care services for youth from indigenous communities in four regions of the country.

The objective was to raise awareness of the pathologies in schools in particular, and to train local health care personnel throughout workshops on Eye Health Education (EHE) held in the provinces of Negros Oriental and Antique so that they could intervene when necessary with these populations. Screening in primary and secondary schools were also organized, so that patients with eye diseases could be treated.

 

Budget 20.000 euros

Results 72.728 beneficiaries

Testimony

"I grew up in a community where having cataract and losing your eyesight at an older age is
just normal. The sessions were an eye opener for me – and I felt the responsibility to challenge
our traditional beliefs around eye health issues. It was hard to convince them that some of
their beliefs around eye health are wrong. 

From my grandfather’s successful operation for his cataract, I learned that I could save lives. I could prevent people from being miserable when their vision weakens. I was able to convince my people to attend my EHE sessions. The EHE workshops did not only change me, but it also changed my community in a good way.."

Mishelle Pedro Baslag, School Teacher, La Libertad,

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