In Burkina Faso, the eye disease screening rate is only 20% and only 2.6% of detected cases are operated on. Despite the adoption of a National Action Plan 2016-2020 on eye health, local health structures do not have enough resources to carry out campaigns for the early detection and prevention of eye diseases. The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization estimated, in 2017, at 8,850 children affected by eye diseases in Burkina Faso, but the majority are not detected, diagnosed and treated in time and develop a visual impairment that will turn their life and that of their family upside down


Supported project

Aware of the challenges due to the problems of eye health, the National Union of Burkinabé Associations for the Promotion of the Blind and the Visually Impaired (UN-ABPAM), supported by Asmae, deployed in 2015 an inclusive pre-school project co-funded by Asmae and the United States Agency for International Development, by opening a pilot class of small inclusive section which welcomed 15 children visually impaired, blind and sighted. In view of the positive results of educational success and social integration of blind and visually impaired children, UN-ABPAM wished to strengthen its partnership with Asmae to keep on upgrading skills, providing good-quality socio-educational services and ensuring that more blind and visually impaired children have the same opportunities in life as their peers without disabilities.

As part of this approach, the "Grandir Ensemble" project, supported by the Foundation L'OCCITANE, offers a multisectoral and multi-actor approach to develop a comprehensive care system for blind and visually impaired children from 3 to 6 years old. and their families. Community awareness campaigns and early detection will be carried out in parallel with the capacity building activities of local structures and coordination of their actions to sustainably improve the quality and efficiency of their services. and increase their capacity to take care of a larger number of blind and visually impaired children and thus promote their social integration.

Some figures

Budget 20.000 euros

Goal 2.080 beneficiaries