L’Occitane celebrates seven-year partnership with Sightsavers, helping to save the sight of more than 750,000 people in West Africa

L’Occitane celebrates seven-year partnership with Sightsavers, helping to save the sight of more than 750,000 people in West Africa

THE WHAT? L’Occitane is marking seven years in partnership with international development organisation Sightsavers, with the collaboration having helped more than 750,000 people in Burkina Faso. 

THE DETAILS Together, L’Occitane and Sightsavers have used funding from L’Occitane Foundation to help reduce the number of people with river blindness and trachoma, distributing around 500,000 treatments. With river blindness infections decreasing by as much as 96 per cent in one area of the Cascades Region. 

Charlotte Jonchere, General Delegate of the L’Occitane Foundation, says, “We have worked closely with Sightsavers since 2013 to eliminate onchocerciasis and trachoma in the Cascades region of Burkina Faso. According to the 2016 “plan vision 2020” for Burkina Faso, blindness was the leading cause of disability in the country, and trachoma the second major cause of blindness.”

THE WHY? According to Sightsavers, the work highlights L’Occitane’s ongoing pledge to give back to the community. 

Mike Straney, Director of Major Giving Sightsavers said, “Sightsavers has been working closely with partners to help eliminate neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma and river blindness across Africa. 
“This support from L’Occitane has helped us make huge strides forward in ending the lifetime of suffering for thousands of people in Burkina Faso who are at risk of losing their sight unnecessarily. We are delighted to be working with an organisation committed to giving back to the communities where they work to provide lasting impact for the future.”

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