Pioneering Research in Rwanda’s National Eye Care Services launched

Communications Officer
Organisation: IAPB
Vision for a Nation Foundation has contracted with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to conduct a major impact evaluation of Rwanda’s national eye care services.
This first-of-its-kind study will focus on the primary eye care services that are now provided at every one of Rwanda’s 502 health centres as a result of the charity’s support. The research is being funded by UBS Optimus Foundation with results to be published in 2017 and 2018.
Vision for a Nation has been working with the Rwandan Ministry of Health since 2012 on a ground-breaking programme to make primary eye care accessible and affordable to all of the country’s 10.5 million people (over 1 million Rwandans are estimated to suffer from refractive error). The research will evaluate the programme’s achievements and effectiveness, and its impact on the lives of those receiving primary eye care in Rwanda. Nearly 550,000 people have already been screened across the country just in two years.

Also read VFAN CEO, Tom Rosewall’s article on Primary Eye Care: The Rwanda Model