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.