Health indicators in Mali are among the lowest in the world, and large disparities for care access remain.
The association “Yves and Lucienne Millet Mali” opens a Visual Health center in Bamako. The team consists in 4 young Malians (2 eyeglass lenses assemblers, one ophthalmologist and one administrator) trained by the association. The goal is to provide glasses for about 6 000 children during the first two years of the project.
The Air Liquide Foundation finances professional equipment to support the association. The new Visual Health Center includes:
The price of glasses depends on the income: the poorest pay a symbolic amount. The center should be autonomous by 2015.
A screening campaign and a public awareness campaign on visual impairment are launched in schools in Bamako and its surrounding areas. The actions undertaken in Bamako will be deployed to Kayes, northwest of Mali, then extended to other regions.
The Visual Health Center is right next to Bernard Verspieren’s Rehabilitation center managed by the NGO Handicap Afrique Mali. This center offers general and specialized medical care, and specific services for disabled people like rehabilitation or orthopedic equipment manufactured on site.