The project was launched in September 2019. The project has thus made it possible to train more than 300 health workers and school teachers in the area concerned. This training, as well as the provision of screening equipment for health workers, have reinforced the capacity to offer care and to detect any visual impairments in children earlier.
However, the partnership with the NGO Helen Keller International in the fight against preventable blindness in Burkina Faso dates back more than 7 years. In fact, the L’OCCITANE Foundation supported for 3 years (between 2012 and 2015) the actions of the NGO to fight against trachoma in the central west region. At that time, this disease was the second leading cause of blindness in the country. This collaboration has thus made it possible to train health workers and carry out awareness campaigns, screening and treatment of detected cases of trichiasis.