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Burkina Faso

A woman with crutches places her ballot in the ballot box

Making every vote count

In Burkina Faso, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is committed to improving eye health care, providing community based rehabilitation, and to ensuring that everyone in the country can play an active role in creating a new, democratic system for the country.

During the first free presidential elections in 55 years, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD and its partner organizations encouraged people with disabilities to register to vote. We also organized escorts to accompany voters to polling stations and raised awareness of the issues through the media.

Ophthalmologists in Burkina Faso: 22 in 2005, 31 plus 14 in training in 2016

Cataract Surgical Rate per million inhabitants per year: 40 (estimated) in 2005, 322 in 2015 


Burkina Faso
Map: Burkina Faso
  • Area: 274,000 km2
  • Population: 17.4 million
  • Life expectancy: 58.7 years
  • Ophthalmologists: 26
  • Ophthalmologists supported by us: 15
Elie Bagbila

Country Representative for Burkina Faso: Elie Bagbila

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

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