Duration: Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Local partner: Kabgayi Eye Unit
Rwanda is a signatory of the World Health Organisation’s Vision 2020 to eradicate preventable and treatable blindness.
The chronic shortage of eye care personnel, especially in rural areas and the high cost of equipment and treatment are significant obstacles to accessing basic eye care services and it is unlikely the country will achieve this vision by 2020. The objective of this project is to address these barriers by providing access to eye care services especially to the poor.
Rwanda is home to 12 million people, distributed over a huge land area. Most of the 18 ophthalmologists live in the capital city. Consequently people living outside of the capital are especially vulnerable to avoidable blindness and visual impairment particularly from cataracts and glaucoma.
Nearly 50% of Rwanda’s population live below the poverty line, especially in rural areas. This means that although 80% of blindness and visual impairment is preventable and treatable, most Rwandans are unable to access or afford eye care services.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
By providing modern equipment necessary to boost the quantity and quality of eye consultations and eye surgeries performed by the Bujumbura Clinic to ensure its long term sustainability.
YOU CAN HELP THOSE NEEDING URGENT EYE CARE IN RWANDA