In 2017, L'OCCITANE and its Foundation joined with UNICEF in financing international vitamin A supplement programmes, providing a minimum of 1 million euros per year for three years. The partnership aims to improve the prevention of childhood blindness in Bolivia, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea, by distributing to children aged 6 months to 5 years the 2 vital doses of vitamin A, essential for the immune system of children. This support focuses upon distribution taking place in three countries where deficiency is particularly prevalent: Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Bolivia.
In 2018, the funds raised by L’OCCITANE even allowed it to expand the UNICEF programme to include an additional country, Niger. In December 2018, Niger adopted a national nutritional policy in which the country committed to taking action to prevent and treat all forms of malnutrition. Vitamin A supplements are one of the priority actions included in this policy.
In 2020, the L'OCCITANE Foundation renewed this partnership for three new years and extended it internationally.
In order to ensure that supplements are provided effectively, UNICEF is developing programmes which revolve around the following key principles: communication with those directly and indirectly affected, routine and targeted provision of vitamin A supplements, and awareness raising within the community.