Our Work In Burundi 

The Fred Hollows Foundation has been working in Burundi since 2011, supporting a series of projects to address avoidable blindness. The Foundation supported a Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) survey in two northern provinces, in 2011, which found that 62.5% of blindness in these regions was avoidable and cataract was the primary cause of blindness. 

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Based on the survey results, The Foundation developed a strategy to establish eye health services within the public health system, working closely in the North Region with the government hospital.

From 2013 to 2014, The Foundation implemented the North Region project with the Ngozi Provincial Hospital, which now has a fully-equipped ophthalmic unit. 



  • Screened 20,667 people through outreaches
  • Performed 389 cataract operations
  • Distributed 474 glasses
  • Trained 4 surgeons
  • Trained 26 clinic support staff 
  • Renovated, upgraded and constructed 4 facilities


Between 2015 and 2018, The Fred Hollows Foundation worked in partnership with Clinique d’Oeil, in the remote  provinces of Cankuzco, Ruyigi, Rutana and Makamba to deliver eye care screenings and cataract services. Key achievements included screening more than 34,000 people through outreaches and vision centres and performing 2,388 cataract operations. 

The Foundation and Clinique del l’Oeil continued to work together to clear the cataract backlog in vulnerable and marginalised communities and pursued a strategy to build a sustainable eye care system in Burundi through public-private partnerships. In 2018, 480 cataract surgeries were conducted in Burundi under this model.  



The Foundation is currently working with the Ministry of Health in Burundi to support development of a five-year National Eye Health Plan, which will guide future directions on eye health service delivery in Burundi.