A line of children and adults with eye bandages on.
  • 1.9m People with disability [1]
  • 73,000 People who are blind [2]
  • 55% People live in poverty [3]

Guinea is rich in mineral wealth but its people are among the very poorest in the world. Further pressure has been placed on Guinea’s struggling economy by the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from surrounding countries in West Africa.

Its ranking of 183rd out of 188 countries in the latest UN Human Development Index underlines the scale of the problem the country faces.

Of the millions living with disabilities in Guinea, blindness is the most common cause due to inaccessible health care services and a severe shortage of ophthalmologists.

CBM has been working with partners in Guinea since 2002, focussing on training eye health professionals to improve access to sight-saving eye treatment across French-speaking West Africa and prevent avoidable blindness.

  • [1] 15% of population - WHO estimate that 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.
  • [2] IAPB, Vision Atlas.
  • [3] World Bank.

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Cataract patients wearing eye bandages following their surgery.

Training eye-specialist doctors for West Africa

Many people living in poor communities can’t access treatment that would prevent them becoming blind, or restore…

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