ORBIS programme in Gansu, China
With the support of L’OCCITANE Foundation, L’OCCITANE en Provence Honk-Kong supports a program to fight avoidable blindness in one of the poorest regions of China, Gansu. 892,977 people have benefited from ORBIS China action, thanks to screening sessions in schools or in communities, with surgeries followed by post-operative care and also the trainingfor ophthalmologist surgeons.
Here are 2 portraits which can give an idea of projects that were supported on the field:
Living in Lintao, a poor village from Gansu, Hao Bing is a child who comes from a numerous family with low income: they have difficulties taking care of the treatment of Hao’s recent pneumonia, and his grandmother’s trichiasis. While visiting Linze’s Hospital, ORBIS doctors found out that he had cataract and strabismus. Thanks to them, he could be treated in surgery, and enjoy a several-month follow-up to check his condition. Like Hao, 322,185 children were able to be screened, and for 62,508 of them, to get access to medical treatment.
Dr Gou Chunfeng is an ophthalmologist at the Gansu Provincial Rehabilitation Hospital. She is in charge of the community and school-based screening and assumes the technical advisory role for delivering training to the county-level doctors. Thanks to the support of the Foundation, she benefited from a training about pediatric cases of strabismus in Taiwan. Back in China, Dr Gou shared her new medical and surgical know-how with 13 local hospitals in Gansu.