River blindness is a parasitic infection spread by flies that live near fast-flowing rivers. It causes severe skin irritation, itching, pain, and eventually irreversible blindness. It also forces people to move away from fertile river valleys where the disease is prevalent. As a result, they can struggle to find suitable areas to farm or grow crops, pushing families and communities into poverty. Mali is aiming to eliminate river blindness from all endemic areas within its borders. 


Supported Project

In 2021-2022, L'OCCITANE Italy and the L'OCCITANE Foundation have partnered with Sightsavers Italia Onlus to support its project aiming to carry out mass drug administration (MDA) of Ivermectin in 13 districts in Mali, in order to eliminate river blindness.

Treatment with Ivermectin prevents the development of symptoms, including blindness. An annual administration is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for all people living in areas at risk.

To administrate the drug, Sightsavers will train health workers and Community Drug Distributors.

Some Figures

Budget 20,000 euros

Goal 414,772 beneficiaries

History of the Partnership

L'OCCITANE Italy and the L'OCCITANE Foundation already partnered with Sightsavers Italia Onlus in 2020-2021 to support its project aiming to reduce childhood blindness in India. Discover more about it here.

Photos Credit: Sightsavers