Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. Eye care is hard to find, with only 27 ophthalmologists for a population of 17 million.

Lack of access to eye examinations or glasses affects educational chances and the ability to work for thousands of individuals. Without eye examinations, the opportunity to prevent potentially chronic eye conditions is lost.

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 eye examinations and the chance for people to buy affordable prescription glasses.

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

Both centres will be able to help around 2,000 patients a year.

Making it happen

Vision Aid Overseas has provided top-up training to seven refractionists in Burkina Faso, as well as helping staff with vital dispensing and management skills. The training given by volunteer optical professionals 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.

Philippe, seeing the sewing machine

Now I can see to work

See how a simple eye test and a pair of glasses changed Philippe's life. Find out more