Rwanda becomes first low-income nation to provide universal eye care


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Rwanda partnered with UK-based charity Vision for a Nation (VFAN) to become the first low-income in the world to deliver universal primary eye care for its 12 million citizens.

Over a five-year period, the collaboration extended eye care services to the country’s 15,000 villages by training over 3,000 nurses based in 502 health centers. Eye care now ranges from everyday checkups to referrals to national clinics for those needing life-changing surgeries.

“We’ve found that 34% of the population in Rwanda could benefit from some form of eye care,” said ophthalmologist Jennifer Yip (The Guardian), an associate professor of public health at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the project’s lead researcher.

Diane Gashumba, the country’s Minister of Health, said: “Rwanda is leading the way in Africa by providing all its people with affordable eye care… The impact of this initiative has been enormous.”

Although Rwanda has made substantial progress in reducing structural and gender inequalities (WEF) and enjoyed sustained economic growth over the past two decades (World Bank), it ranks 159th on the 2016 Human Development Index and its poverty rate stood at 39 percent in 2014 (World Bank).

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