L’OCCITANE & UNICEF USA’s Partnership: Preventing Childhood Blindness
Partner from 2017 to 2022
L’OCCITANE's partnership with UNICEF focused on addressing vitamin A deficiencies in children that leave them at risk of visual impairment.
In developing countries, 250,000 to 500,000 children become blind each year due to a lack of vitamin A.
L’OCCITANE donated more than $4 million to UNICEF from 2017 to 2021, raising the funds through the annual UNICEF Solidarity products campaign and other product-based campaigns.* The support helped UNICEF reach more than 6 million women and children with vitamin A supplements and awareness by 2022.
Preventing childhood blindness with vitamin A and education
UNICEF leveraged support from L’OCCITANE to provide vitamin A supplements to children in Bolivia, Myanmar, Niger and Papua New-Guinea, countries where deficiencies are most prevalent. From 6 months to 5 years of age, two high-dose supplements of vitamin A per year — spaced four to six months apart — can strengthen a child's immune system, protecting against blindness while also decreasing their risk of dying from preventable causes like measles and diarrhea.
Charlotte Jonchère, former General Delegate of the L’OCCITANE Foundation, called the partnership "a wonderful opportunity for L’OCCITANE to strengthen its commitment to the fight against preventable blindness."