Guinea

A line of children and adults with eye bandages on.
  • 12m Population [1]
  • 55% People living in poverty [2]
  • 2m People with disability [3]

Guinea is the second largest producer of the mineral bauxite. Yet, despite its mineral wealth, Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world.

There are an estimated 1.8 million people living with disability. Blindness is the most common cause of disability, due to inaccessible healthcare services and a severe shortage of ophthalmologists.

Our work in Guinea trains eye doctors from French-speaking countries across West Africa, who take part in a post-graduate training programme in Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, before returning to their communities.

  • [1] (UN)
  • [2] (World Bank)
  • [3] Disability statistic is based on WHO estimate of 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.


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Cataract patients wearing eye bandages following their surgery.

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