With only 2 Optometrists for a population of 18 million, Burkina Faso has one of the lowest Optometrist to patient ratios in the world!

Lack of access to affordable eye tests and glasses affects educational chances and the ability to work for millions of children and adults worldwide. Without affordable eye care services, patients suffering from poor eyesight often live with their condition untreated, which can intensify symptoms and can lead to blindness and disability.

Our work in focus

Vision Aid Overseas has been working to improve eye care in French speaking Burkina Faso since 2001. We have so far helped to establish two Vision Centres - a dispensary providing eye examinations and glasses at an affordable price at Koudougou Regional Hospital; and a full Vision Centre in the capital Ouagadougou where spectacles are manufactured and clinical care is provided.



  • Koudougou dispensary - running since 2013, the dispensary provides free eye examinations and the chance for people to buy affordable prescription glasses.

  • Kossodo Vision Centre - opened in 2014, the Vision Centre provides patients with free eye examinations and low-cost treatment, and has a workshop to produce prescription lenses.

  • Both centres provide treatment for over 2,000 patients a year.

Making it happen

Vision Aid Overseas has provided additional training to seven eye care workers in Burkina Faso, as well as helping staff with vital dispensing and management skills.The training given by professional volunteers has been funded by Foundation L'OCCITANE in partnership with A Better Life Foundation and Light for the World, who both have extensive experience in Burkina Faso. 


Foundation L'OCCITANE continues to support the work in Burkina Faso, which aims to strengthen the work at the Vision Centres and increase the reach of eye care services to the people that need it most.