In Papua New Guinea, the government puts just 2.6% of GDP towards healthcare. This significantly limits how much money is available for eye care services, making blindness and visual impairment frequent occurrences.
Community health workers are the cornerstones of the country's healthcare system. They provide primary care in isolated rural areas to most of the population. However, they are not trained to offer eye care services. With just 14 ophthalmologists in the entire country, health workers' skills urgently need to be improved so they can screen and treat eye disease.


Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation and L'OCCITANE Australia are supporting the Kokoda Track Foundation project. This project aims to train community health workers in eye health to sustainably improve that of people living in rural and isolated areas of Papua New Guinea who, until now, haven't been treated. Thanks to this training, they will be able to prevent, identify and treat eye problems, or refer patients to specialist care.
This year, health workers will also be trained in using innovative technology that screens patients to detect refractive errors and, if needed, provide them with affordable glasses.

Some figures

The project's aim for 2019 is to train 40 health workers in addition to the 50 already trained last year.
The overall objective of the project is to sustainably improve the eye health of people living in remote rural communities in Papua New Guinea who were previously untreated. By 2020, 100,800 patients will receive eye care through the training of community agents.

2019 goal 100 800 beneficiaries

2019 budget 20 000 euros


Project supported since 2017

Total goal 140 800 beneficiaries

Total budget 72 000 euros