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Rwanda

Training an ophthalmologist to provide life restoring eye care

Duration: 2019 to 20121
Local partner: Kabgayi Eye Unit

Rwanda has a chronic shortage of eye care personnel, especially in rural areas. Along with the high cost of equipment and treatment, this is a significant obstacle to the poorest people accessing basic eye care services. The objective of this project is to train a local ophthalmologist who will provide eye care services especially to the poor.


THE NEED

Rwanda is home to 12 million people, distributed over a large area. Whereas New Zealand has over 160 ophthalmologists, there are just 18 in Rwanda living solely in the capital city. Consequently people living outside in the rural areas are especially vulnerable to avoidable blindness and visual impairment particularly from cataracts and glaucoma.

Kabgayi Eye Unit performs about 6,000 surgeries per year, almost 80% of all eye surgeries in Rwanda. The unit also provides specialist eye care for people from neighbouring poor countries such as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

People in the poorest rural communities cannot afford to leave work or pay the cost of travel for post-surgery checkups. So Kabgayi provides ongoing specialist training to improve the overall quality of surgery and services as a step towards eradicating avoidable blindness in Rwanda.



HOW WE ARE HELPING

The main objective is to

  •  Support the training of one additional ophthalmologist.

Secondary objectives are to

  • Improve specialist knowledge of eye conditions and care for patients.
  • Ensure eye care services effectively manage staff, transport and financial audit costs.



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