UNICEF: International Partnership

UNICEF Beneficiary



According to the World Health Organization, Vitamin A deficiency is the first cause of childhood blindness, affecting 127 million children worldwide – one third of children under the age of 5.

Childhood blindness increases the risk of infant death. In 2017, L'OCCITANE commits with UNICEF to prevent childhood blindness by funding international programmess for the distribution of Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is crucial for children's growth, development and resistance to disease. Studies have shwon that improving the Vitamin A status of deficient children through supplementation can reduce mortality by almost 23%


1.7 MILLION BENEFICIARIES

 Bolivian Beneficiaries           

With the support of €1,000,000 over three years, L'OCCITANE allows UNICEF to protect 1.7 million children, including Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Bolivia, three countries where the prevalence of Vitamin deficiencies A is particularly high.

UNICEF program aims to provide children aged 6 months to 5 years with the two vital vitamin A doses necessary for their proper development. UNICEF can deploy and support large-scale prevention strategies.


3 KEY REGIONS

To measure the impact of its engagement with UNICEF, L'OCCITANE has selected 3 countries to monitor the situation and beneficiaries over the next three years.

BOLIVIA
Newborns and toddlers have a high prevalence of Vitamin A deficiency in Bolivia (27% between ages 6-23 months). L'OCCITANE is contributing to UNICEF's programmes to helping 675,000* children in hard-to-reach areas of the Latin America country to put a dent in this prevalent problem. 

MYANMAR
38% of the population has a high level of Vitamin A deficiency, with even higher rates (up to 60%) in certain regions. L'OCCITANE is contributing to UNICEF's programmes to help 380,000* children in Myanmar. 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Only 22% of Papua New Guinea children are currently reached with Vitamin A supplementation. L'OCCITANE and UNICEF's goal is to reach more than 667,000* children with Vitamin A supplements.  

*Targeted objective by L'OCCITANE and UNICEF between 2017 and 2019. 

        Myanmar Beneficiaries


CONCRETE ACTIONS

To ensure that all children aged between 6 months and 5 years receive their double dose of Vitamin A, UNICEF uses 3 levers: communicating about Vitamin A deficiency and resulting blindness, integrating the first ingestion for infant care pathways and to improve knowledge about the most vulnerable populations.

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