Our work in Burkina Faso

We are working to eliminate trachoma and river blindness in the country. In 2019 we helped to distribute more than 111,000 treatments and trained more than 1,500 volunteers to give out the medication.

A sweeping landscape in Burkina Faso, showing brown fields and green trees in the background.

Neglected tropical diseases (NTD) such as trachoma and river blindness are a major health problem in Burkina Faso.

It’s estimated that 12.4 million people are at risk of contracting one or more NTDs.

We carry out mass drug administration in Burkina Faso, distributing medication to treat and prevent communities from three NTDs.

Thanks to the Accelerate programme we are helping to provide treatment for trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. And under the UK aid flagship NTD programme, Ascend West and Central Africa, as a consortium, Sightsavers along with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Mott Macdonald, and the SCI Foundation, is supporting ministries to protect communities in Burkina Faso from lymphatic filariasis and river blindness.

In 2019, Sightsavers distributed more than 111,000 treatments across the country and trained 1,500 community volunteers, enabling them to gather data and give out medication to protect against these diseases.

At a glance

Total population
  • 19.75 million

  • What we focus on
  • River blindness
  • Trachoma
  • Lymphatic filariasis

  • Key programmes
  • Accelerate
  • Ascend
  • L'Occitane Foundation
  • Tropical Data

  • A worker measures a child using a dose pole.

    How we’re making a difference

    “Our ambition is to ensure that no one in this village will ever again become blind from river blindness,” says Karama Mariam, just one of the many hard-working volunteers who distributes medication to protect against the disease.

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