Ivory Coast

Sandrine sits on a blanket with her mother smiling, after her clubfoot surgery.
  • 69m Population [1]
  • 46% People living in poverty [2]
  • 8m People with disability [3]

Ivory Coast is ranked 172nd in the UN’s Human Development Index, making it one of the least developed nations in the world.

The scale of preventable blindness in the country is a major problem, with 16,000 new people affected each year, only 3,400 people are operated on due to a lack of available resources.

Another is the lack of inclusive education facilities for children with disabilities. It is estimated that around 400,000 children with disabilities between the ages of 6 and 11 are not in school.

We work in Ivory Coast, West Africa to treat and prevent blindness and promote inclusive education for children with disabilities.

  • [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.

In action

Improving access to cataract surgery in Ivory Coast

Cataracts cause about half of all blindness. They can be easily treated, but for most people in Ivory Coast the…

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Gondo is from Burkina Faso and is visually imapired.
10th Apr 2017

New survey highlights need for improved services to prevent blindness in Ivory Coast

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Unidentified man having his eyes examined.
14th May 2015

Seeing is Believing - restoring sight in Ivory Coast

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