Context

According to the WHO , at least 2.2 billion people are affected by impaired vision or blindness, of which over a billion cases could have been avoided or remain untreated. Across the globe, more than a billion people are living with impaired vision because they aren't receiving the treatment they need for conditions such as short and far-sightedness, glaucoma or cataracts. Unfortunately those most affected include people living in rural areas or low-income situations. 
In Burkina Faso, as in most developing countries, blindness is a major public health issue. Children, particularly those living in rural areas, are somewhat overlooked by the few projects which deal with ocular health in the country. 

 

Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation supports NGO Helen Keller International's  "Project to prevent avoidable blindness in children aged 5 to 14 in the Ziniaré health district in Burkina Faso". 
The main objective of this project is to provide care for children that can identify and treat the main causes of blindness to which they are typically exposed. These include refractive errors, conjunctivitis and TELC (Tropical Endemic Limbo-Conjunctivitis).
 

Some figures

The aim is to establish an unbroken chain between families, schools and health centres in the Ziniaré health district in order to prevent and tackle ocular health problems in children. 

Budget 200 593 euros

Goal 49 000 children

History

This project was launched in September 2019. The partnership with NGO Helen Keller International as part of the fight against avoidable blindness in Burkina Faso began over seven years ago, however. In fact, The L'OCCITANE Foundation supported the NGO's activities for more than three years (between 2012 and 2015) in its fight against trachoma in the Central-West region. Trachoma was the second highest cause of blindness in the country in 2012.  This collaboration therefore allowed health workers to be trained, awareness campaigns to be carried out, and cases of trichiasis to be diagnosed and treated. A total of 13,819 people benefited from this project's activities thanks to funding totalling €200,000.