Context

1.4 million children worldwide are non-sighted due to diseases not being detected in time. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the risk of blindness in children is higher in developing countries with limited access to care. For example, Malawi and Tanzania are countries where it is important to prevent eye disease in children and provide them with the care they need to develop properly.

 

Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation and L'OCCITANE South Korea are supporting a project run by the NGO Heart to Heart International in Malawi and Tanzania. The project aims to prevent eye disease in children by teaching primary school pupils and staff about eye health by arranging eye screening and awareness campaigns. What's more, the project aims to provide high-quality care to children diagnosed with an eye disease.
 

Some figures

The goal of the project is to prevent preventable blindness in elementary school children. By 2020, 243,402 children will benefit from eye screening, eye health information and medical care.

2019 budget 52 800 euros

2019 goal 243 402 beneficiaries

History

Project supported since 2018

Total budget 87 000 euros

Total goal 605 247 beneficiaries

In 2018, the L’OCCITANE Foundation and L’OCCITANE South Korea supported the Heart to Heart International project in 124 Masasi primary schools and 94 Nanyumbu primary schools. In 2019, the project expanded to other schools in the region and Malawi.

Testimonial

Mum of Saumu Abdallah (Dihimba Primary School, sixth year)

"My daughter started having sight problems when she was born. When she grew a little, we noticed there was something white in her eye. We thought it would disappear in time, but it didn't. When she started school, she was told to sit in the classroom's front row and when she read books, she had to hold them right up to her eyes as she couldn't see clearly. We took her to the village clinic and they told us to take her to the regional hospital (Ligula), but I wasn't able to. It was a real problem, especially in the evening when there was no daylight, because she was struggling to move around the house. One day, the school called me in and eye doctors were there. They said my daughter had a cataract and needed surgery to get back her eyesight. I was scared because I couldn't afford surgery, but they said all the costs would be covered, including transport and accommodation. I was so happy that my daughter could see again and continue her studies. I've now got hope for her future once more."

Prévention des maladies oculaires en milieu scolaire au Malawi et en Tanzanie