Making eye care accessible to the Beninois population
Main beneficiary country:Benin
Country of origin: Benin
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Avoidable blindness most often affects disadvantaged populations who do not have access to good-quality eye care. It is most often found amongst the poorest people, women and marginalised groups. 90% of the world's blind people live in developing countries.
In Southern countries and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, the principal causes of avoidable blindness are cataracts, glaucoma, corneal opacity, trachoma, child blindness and onchocerciasis (river blindness). In its report on the West African Sub-Region, the WHO mentions that only 20% of people in need of eye care are properly treated.
Visual deficits can interfere with several different daily activities. For adults, job prospects are very limited and participation in a wide variety of activities is severely limited. Add to that the loss of social status and self-esteem.
The Community Centre for Combating Blindness has dedicated itself to resolving this problem by detecting common eye conditions through Community Relays properly equipped for recognising these conditions. The CCLC uses Information and Communication Technology (ITC) with the aim of reducing levels of avoidable blindness and rehabilitating the visually impaired.
Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC) - Patient monitoring and medical data
1500 Number of beneficiaries since launch
100 Number of users per Day
Health: Healthcare professionals and structures
Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.