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

L'OCCITANE Philippines and the Foundation are supporting The Fred Hollows Foundation's project to provide eye care services for youth from indigenous communities in four regions of the country. The objective is 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 can intervene when necessary with these populations. Screening in primary and secondary schools will also be organized, so that patients with eye diseases can be treated.

Some figures

Outcomes 72 728 beneficiaries

Budget 20 000 euros

"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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