Context

Myanmar has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world. Most cases are notorious in rural areas that are particularly affected by cataract. Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in the world, which explains the lack of financial support in the health sector, whether in terms of human resources or even equipment. 

 

Supported project

L'OCCITANE Myanmar and the Foundation support the Visakha Foundation's 2020 project which aims to diagnose and treat blindness in underdeveloped rural areas in Myanmar that lack financial support, eye care facilities and trained healthcare professionals. The aim was to provide supports to these underdeveloped rural area communities so that trained health personnel and volunteer doctors can perform cataract surgery, dispense prescription glasses, distribute eye medication and provide eye care knowledge to people in need.

Through these services, the supported project contributed towards lowering the prevalence of avoidable blindness in Myanmar because the country has one of the highest rate of blindness in Asia. 

Some figures

 

2020 Goal 3 200 beneficiaries

2020 Budget 20 000 euros

History

Project supported since 2017

L’OCCITANE Myanmar and the Foundation have begun supporting the Vishaka Foundation in 2017 in the villages of the rural areas that are particularly severely affected by floods and earthquakes.

In the years that followed, L'OCCITANE Myanmar and the Foundation have continued its support for the association by moving into new rural areas in Myanmar that are lacking in eye-related medical services By correcting the visual impairment of underprivileged individuals, the Vishaka Foundation support people who wants to start working and contributing to the family income in order to increase their livelihood. Alternatively, by correcting the visual impairment of senior citizens, they can support the family by taking care of grandchildren or adolescents so that the breadwinners can work to support the family.

Total budget 82 500 euros

Total goal 20 091 beneficiaries