Eye Care for All
Vision for a Nation is supporting an unprecedented nationwide outreach programme covering all 15,000 local villages across Rwanda. This is enabling Rwandans to access eye care services close to their homes, schools and places of work.
It extends the reach of the health centre based eye care service that has been established at each of Rwanda’s 502 health centres.
Since the launch of the outreach programme in 2015, nearly a million people have been screened by nurses in their local communities. A further 500,000 people will be screened through the outreach programme on completion in December 2017.
- It will maximise awareness of the health centre based eye care service
- It will rapidly address the national backlog of need (over 1 million Rwandans suffer from poor vision)
- It will promote sustainability by cementing the skills of nurses and generating a critical mass of repeat demand
The Guardian newspaper featured the story on World Sight Day in 2015.