In developing countries every five seconds one person goes blind, every minute one child.

Mapa Burkiny Faso s vyznačenými projekty SVĚTLA PRO SVĚT

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on the planet. The name of the country means “The Land of the Righteous”. There are nearly  160 different ethnicities living in Burkina Faso.  50 %  of the population practices Islam, 40 % - traditional African religions and 10 % - Catholic Christianity. The official language is French, but Arabic and local native languages are spoken as well. The prevalent source of income is agriculture, which employs 84% of the working population. Cotton is grown here, and gold and zinc are mined.

The average daily income in Burkina Faso is 1.2. The country is nearly at the bottom of the Human Development Index (161 of 1169 countries). On the Human Poverty Index, it ranks 174th among 177 countries. Almost 45.3 % of the population lives in poverty.

Current projects:

  • Eye clinic Nouna
  • Eye clinic Zorgho

Burkina Faso

Area: 274 200 km²*
Population: 15,8 mil *
Capital: Ouagadougou
Government: Presidential republic
GDP per capita: $510*
Human Development Index: 181th place out of 187 countries**
Infant mortality: 166/1000*
Average life expectancy: 43 years**
Illiteracy: 71,3%*
Number of eye doctors: 1 per 700 000 inhabitants
Blindness ratio: 1,4% (of total population)

(*World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012)
(**Human Development Report 2011, UNDP)
(***Ministerstvo zdravotnictví/Burkina Faso, 2008)





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