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.