Innovating to Deliver Eye Care
Previous attempts to provide local eye care services in low-income countries have been largely unsuccessful.
Vision for a Nation has pioneered several innovations in Rwanda to rapidly deliver local eye care services for the entire population – all 11.8 million people.
- A new eye care training course that allows general nurses to be trained in just three days (versus 3+ years for an optometrist).
- The use of adjustable glasses that focus at the turn of a dial to provide instant vision correction.
- A revenue-generating model which allows the MoH to use surplus revenue from the sale of glasses to sustain the services.
- The integration of the services into Rwanda’s national health system and health insurance scheme.
- Delivery of an unprecedented outreach campaign to all 15,000 villages in Rwanda.
- Results-based financing from USAID Development Innovation Ventures.
“Vision for a Nation, a UK-based charity, has distributed innovative adjustable glasses for those with visual impairments in Rwanda. The glasses cost just £1 for patients, and are giving some of the world’s poorest people back their sight.”