Fondation Pierre Fabre

Making eye care accessible to the Beninois population

Main beneficiary country:

About the sponsor

Coopérative CCLC benin-cecite

The Community Centre for Combating Blindness (CCLC) is a simplified cooperative society that specialises in basic eye care at community level, offering innovative and high-quality treatments in response to problems of accessibility to eye care and to isolation of visually impaired persons in Benin and the West African Sub-Region.

Sector: Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Country of origin: Benin

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The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare
  • Ophthalmology

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • Provincial/regional (in one region of a single country)

Initiative start date

  • 09/01/2019

Initiative end date

  • 08/30/2023


Financing method

  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)
  • NGO
  • Bank

Economic model(s)

  • Income generated by beneficiaries
  • Revenue generated by the beneficiaries/healthcare facilities
  • Subsidies
  • Donations

About the initiative

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.

The CCLC uses a community approach to cultivate awareness of eye problems and the need for immediate treatment of these problems, through the use of ICT.

The Community Relays use smartphones to take pictures of eye problems detected or presented to them. Once these images have been sent to the "e-ophthalmology" platform, the patients will benefit from remote treatment using the instructions given by ophthalmology specialists connected to the platform. The cases dealt with on the CCLC have a code that allows follow-up messages to be received on a mobile phone from the e-ophthalmology platform. At present, almost 1,500 persons have already benefited from primary eye care in the community thanks to ICT applied in the field of eye care.

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC) - Patient monitoring and medical data

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Entire population
  • Dependents/persons with disabilities
  • Patient family/entourage
  • Elderly people

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

1500 Number of beneficiaries since launch

100 Number of users per Day

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer
  • Connected objects

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)
  • software

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation



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Health: Healthcare professionals and structures


Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.