Rwanda struggles to treat its burden of blindness

Skura, Elyse
February 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/22/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 3, pE147
Academic Journal
The article offers the author's insights on the struggle in treating the burden of blindness in Rwanda. According to ophthalmologist John Nkurikiye, 75% of the 80 000 Rwandans who are blind in both eyes can be treated with appropriate care, however, they are based in rural areas and cannot afford to go to big hospitals in Kigali City. The author also mentions that National Plan for Eliminating Needless Blindness. Moreover, the lack of specialist training program is one biggest hindrance.


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