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 10.5 million people.
We are now seeking to scale the model to emerging nations elsewhere in partnership with others in the eye care domain.
Vision for a Nation was founded to address the urgent global need for eye care. An estimated 2.4 billion people suffer from poor vision and lack access to local and affordable eye care.
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.
Founder: James Chen
Chairman: John Rhodes
Chief Executive Officer: Tom Rosewall
Rwanda Country Director: Abdallah Uwihoreye
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By the Numbers
- 2,635 nurses trained
- 1,684,000 eye screenings conducted
- 763,000 eye drops dispensed
- 182,000 referrals for specialist treatment
- 132,000 glasses provided
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
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.
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
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
A pilot was undertaken in Rwanda’s Eastern Province using Rwanda’s Community Health Workers for eye care outreach.
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
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