Untreated sight conditions, especially in rural areas, trap families in a cycle of poverty. These populations represent the majority of workers in the coffee bean sorting industry, which is a major source of income for Rwanda. It is thus an important issue to tacle, and a major step toward preventing blindness.
According to Dr Jennifer Yip, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, “34% of the population in Rwanda could benefit from some form of eye care. This ranges from very minor symptoms [to] those requiring life-changing surgery.”
Rwanda’s minister of health, Diane Gashumba, said: “Rwanda is leading the way in Africa by providing all its people with affordable eye care. This has been made possible by the great collaboration between the government of Rwanda and Vision for a Nation. The impact of this initiative has been enormous.”
Source: The Guardian