Blindness is a major public health problem in most developing countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, 1% of the population is affected by visual impairment, this is five times more than in developed countries. Concerning children, the prevalence of blindness is 0.3/1000 in developed countries compared to 1.2/1000 in poor countries.

In Burkina Faso, the available data on eye diseases in children are scarce. Nevertheless, there is much to believe that most eye diseases in these latter are not detected, let alone treated. Public health structures do not have sufficient resources to carry out early detection and prevention campaigns for eye diseases, especially for children.


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

2020 Budget 20.000 euros

2020 Goal 19.400 beneficiaries


Project supported since 2019

Total budget 40.000 euros

Final results 540 beneficiaries


"We notice in that in the received materials there is part of the material that concerns the Growing Together project and then there are products for the Covid-19 which are also taken into account. In any case, we thank you for this donation which will be very useful to take in charge our patients. It will also alleviate the suffering of the national center for the fight against blindness because just a few days ago we were just talking about the testing glasses, which are there and are all frosted and with which we can barely see. So, it is really a relief, this material is timely to supplement the material which is already very obsolete at the NCFB level.
We wish the project good luck, we are already working together, this is our common project! We wish the NCFB good luck to take in charge its patients and that all will be for the best for our patients and for Burkina Faso. Thank you Asmae and her partners who contributed to make this donation reach us.” 

Dr Marie Emmanuelle ZOURE, Director of the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (DPCM) to which is attached the National Center for the Fight against Blindness (CNLC)