Eye health, particularly among children, faces several challenges in Burkina Faso. Aware of this, the NGO Asmae, in collaboration with the National Union of Burkinabe Associations for the Promotion of the Blind and Visually Impaired (UN-ABPAM), initiated in 2019 the project Grandir ensemble for a better integration of children aged 3 to 6 years with visual impairment in the district 2 of Ouagadougou.
The Grandir ensemble project proposes a multi-sectoral and multi-actor approach (institutional, civil society, International NGOs) to develop a comprehensive care system for visually impaired children aged 3 to 6. It includes 4 priority areas: improving access to and quality of eye care, improving access to and quality of preschool inclusion, improving social support, improving synergy of actions in eye health, inclusive education and social support for children and their families.
Improving access to and quality of eye care is the main action supported by the L'OCCITANE Foundation in its collaboration with Asmae. It consists of :
- Strengthening the capacities of the medical staff of the National Center for the Fight against Blindness (CNLC), supporting its operation and strengthening its equipment,
- Supporting the organization of information and community awareness campaigns,
- Supporting early detection campaigns for eye diseases,
- Supporting and monitoring the referral of screened children to the CNLC for better care and orientation according to the case.