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Burkina Faso

Light for the World offers scholarships to medical students for their specialisation in eye care. Credit: Ulrich Eigner

Progress in Eye Health

In 2017, Light for the World supported seven eye clinics, with medical equipment, consumables, medication and training. A major problem is the substantial shortage of qualified eye health personnel (ophthalmologists, eye nurses and optometrists). In November 2017, we brought together different stakeholders to develop a plan on Human Resources for Eye Health. In Centre-Ouest we started a regional comprehensive eye health project, the first of its kind in Burkina Faso, which is being developed and coordinated by regional and nation-al eye health stakeholders working together. In 2017, 3,854 cataract sur- geries were performed in our projects and a total of 51,883 persons received eye care.

Inclusive Education and CBR

We recently started two new inclusive education projects in Kaya and Nouna, which are collaborating closely with community-based rehabilitation projects already in place there. This combined approach has proven to be very successful, because children with disabilities get access to rehabilitation and social inclusion as well as to quality education, giving the potential to transform not only the lives of the children themselves, but also attitudes towards them in the wider community. Additionally, due to our efforts, Catholic schools in all 15 dioceses plan to become inclusive.

In 2017, 4,732 children with disabilities received rehabilitation, and 3,184 went to school.

Graph: Children with disabilities receiving school education in our projects in Burkina Faso: 2015 - 1,659; 2016 - 2,639; 2017 - 3,184

Burkina Faso
Map: Burkina Faso
  • Area: 274,000 km2
  • Population: 19.5 million
  • Life expectancy: 55.5 years
  • Ophthalmologists: 35
  • Ophthalmologists supported by us: 17
Elie Bagbila

Country Representative for Burkina Faso: Elie Bagbila

+226 25 36 28 59
e.bagbila [at]

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