About Vision for a Nation

Vision for a Nation Foundation is an award-winning British charity that supports health ministries to build access to local and affordable eye care.

Our first national programme is underway in Rwanda where we have trained over 2,500 nurses across 502 local health centres to provide life-changing eye care services for Rwanda’s 11.8 million people.

We are now seeking to scale the model to emerging nations elsewhere in partnership with others in the eye care domain.

Organisation History

Vision for a Nation was founded to address the urgent global need for eye care. An estimated 2.5 billion people suffer from uncorrected poor vision.

The charity was launched by venture philanthropist James Chen in 2011. James is also the founder of adjustable eyewear company Adlens Limited and global vision campaign Clearly.

In 2012, in the first programme of its kind, we started helping the Government of Rwanda to train nurses in every health centre across the country to provide front-line eye care and affordable glasses.

Leadership

Founder: James Chen

Chairman: John Rhodes

Chief Executive Officer: Tom Rosewall

Rwanda Country Director: Abdallah Uwihoreye

Media Contact Information

Sebastian Ford, Strategy & Communications Director

Sebastian.Ford@vfanf.org

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By the Numbers

  • 2,707 nurses trained
  • 1,952,000 eye screenings conducted
  • 1,042,000 eye drops dispensed
  • 204,000 referrals for specialist treatment
  • 149,000 glasses provided

Milestone Achievements

2010

Completed a pilot to test different models in one of Rwanda’s 30 districts

Rwanda initiative publically launched at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York

2011

Registered as a charity in England and Wales

Innovative training curriculum developed by Dr Ciku Mathenge that allows nurses to be trained in just three days – a significant innovation in global eye care.

2012

Agreement with the Government of Rwanda to become the lead NGO for Primary Eye Care

Office established in Rwanda’s capital Kigali and the programme was launched

2013

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) awarded the Foundation with a £250,000 Global Poverty Action Fund Innovation grant

The first 1,000 nurses were trained across every health centre in Rwanda

An independent evaluation found the training “very effective” and 83% of patients cared for reported high satisfaction levels

2014

A pilot was undertaken in Rwanda’s Eastern Province using Rwanda’s Community Health Workers for eye care outreach.

2015

National outreach campaign was launched that involves health centre nurses visiting all of the 15,000 villages in Rwanda

UBS Optimus Foundation awarded the charity with a major £1.2 million grant

2016

Win top prize at the Civil Society Charity Awards for International Aid & Development

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine launch first-of-its-kind research on our work in Rwanda

Shortlisted for three Third Sector Excellence Awards and one Charity Times Award

International Press Coverage

IAPB February 2016

Guardian October 2015

Optician August 2015

CCTV February 2015

Associated Press January 2015

Voice of America January 2015

The Sunday Times November 2014

The Independent November 2014

Think Progress November 2014

BBC November 2014

Annual Reports

Rwanda Gallery