Our Children's Vision

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According to WHO, 63% of children between 5 and 15 years old with visual impairment are affected by refractive error, and myopia affects more and more children every year in the world: 4.76 billion children are expected to be affected by myopia by 2050, compared with 1.95 billion in 2010.

However, this deficiency can be corrected if detected before the age of 13.

AN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM

In 2016, L'OCCITANE is committed with a new alliance: "Our Children's Vision". As part of a coalition of eye stakeholders, the goal is to provide comprehensive and quality eye care to more than 50 million children by 2020.

The actors of this program have developed the most effective strategy to stop the progression of refractive errors and myopia: to integrate eye health checkups during primary school.

This program is a global campaign to ensure that all children around the world have the same access to eye health.

UGANDA: CHILDREN AT THE HEART OF THE PROJECT

Started in 2014, this project led by the NGO Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (BHVI) in Uganda identifies children suffering from visual impairment and offers them treatments and spectacles if necessary.

With the support of L'OCCITANE, the NGO, in partnership with the Ugandan government, is developing a national eye health strategy (2016-2020) and is working closely with the Ministry of Education and Sport.

In four provinces of the country, 150,000 children aged between 0-15 years receive eye care each year as part of their school curriculum. Building on the country's existing infrastructure and human resources, the NGO is conducting substantive work with the Ugandan government to sustain eye-screening in schools.

SOUTH AFRICA: A SUBSIDIARY'S PROJECT

The L'OCCITANE Foundation and its South-African subsidiary have also signed a partnership in 2016 with BHVI to offer eye care to 65 000 children in primary schools.