Fighting avoidable blindness
Today, almost 285 million people are blind or visually impaired, whereas 80% of blindness is avoidable. This problem affects particularly the low- or medium-income countries, where over 90% of the visually impaired live. (World Health Organization)
The Foundation decided to get involved in this subject by funding NGOs projects to fight avoidable blindness in Burkina Faso and by contributing to ophthalmologic research and local specialists’ training. Since the creation of the Foundation, more than 2,000,000 people could receive eye care in developing countries.
The Foundation encourages L’OCCITANE subsidiaries worldwide to support the fight against avoidable blindness. Paying close attention to their commitment, the latter take action and present each year more than twenty projects with local partners. These projects are cofinanced by the subsidiaries and by the L’OCCITANE Foundation.