ORBIS: Eye Care for All

Since 2000, L'OCCITANE has been working with the NGO ORBIS in the fight against avoidable blindness.

With a contribution of €1.7 million up to 2016, L'OCCITANE has enabled the NGO to continue its efforts to provide developing countries with the necessary skills, resources and know-how to provide quality eye care.

1.5 million beneficiaries received eye care in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, India and China. In 2017, L'OCCITANE goes even further.
          Eye screening Bangladesh



In 2017, more than one million Ethiopians are blind and almost 3 million suffer from visual impairment. This country of 94 million inhabitants counts 1 ophthalmologist for 1 million inhabitants. In addition, there is a high prevalence of trachoma, a bacterial eye infection that can lead to blindness. The health care system in Ethiopia faces great difficulties to meet the needs in eye health, particularly in rural areas.

For the year 2016-2017, L'OCCITANE works with the NGO ORBIS to improve and facilitate access to eye care in the south of the country and to fight cataract, trachoma and refractive errors. The project is based on 3 axes:

- The development of human resources through the training of medical personnel;
- The improvement of eye care services by providing technologies and supplies;
- The increasing of medical teams in the most remote areas.

Thanks to funding of €207,413, L'OCCITANE and its Foundation enable 500,541 beneficiaries to receive quality eye care


Eye Flying Hospital           In 1982, the NGO ORBIS  had converted a first plane into a flying hospital to treat patients in the most remote areas and offer training to medical staff working in nations experiencing difficulties in the field of ocular health.

In 2011, L'OCCITANE also financed the construction and installation on board of a surgical laser operating room equipped with the latest technologies in the new ORBIS aircraft.

In 2016, this new ophthalmological hospital has taken off to treat new patients in the world and to train more medical staff in areas less covered by eye care systems.

Photo Credits : Richard Jorgenson for Orbis International et Matt Shonfeld