90% of people with visual deficiency in the world inhabit developing countries. In these regions, uncorrected refractive error is the main cause of deficiencies, whereas cataracts account for the majority of cases of blindness. Yet surgeries to correct cataracts and refractive errors are among the most affordable medical interventions.
In Burkina Faso, visual deficiencies are a public health issue, in particular in the mid-west region of the country, where 8% of people aged over 50 are affected by blindness and 17% live with low vision. A total of more than 1,400,000 people suffer froma visual deficiency, of which 230,000 are blind.


Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation and the L'OCCITANE international head office have been supporting the Order of Malta for several years, supporting its programme for the improvement of visual acuity in Burkina faso. This project is run in underpriveleged areas of Burkina faso, as well as the areas surrounding Bobo Dioulasso. This project aims to implement screening and the logging of patients and their pathologies through written and radio communication campaigns. Cataract surgeries are also planned within public structures for sick patients, and the surgical care is provided by the association. Finally, glasses will be distributed to those who have been screened.

Some figures

The objective of the project is to screen 400 people and provide them with appropriate care and quality glasses when needed. It also aims to make surgical care accessible to all.

2019 budget 14 000 euros

2019 goal 400 beneficiaries


Project supported since 2014

Total budget 65 500 euros

Total goal 2 478 beneficiaries

OCCITANE has been committed with L'Ordre de Malte for many years to support its programme to improve visual acuity through prevention, promotion and implementation of health care.