Environment and International Development Studies
Project Location: Rwanda
The “eye-dea” is to reduce preventable blindness in the land of a thousand hills through the development of community-designed educational tools, the expansion of rural screening, and by partnering with L’Association Rwandaise des Diabetiques. The persistent rural-urban inequities and the rapid escalation of diabetes put more people at risk of avoidable vision loss in Rwanda than ever before. I hope to shift the narrative from a purely curative approach by focusing on preventative eye health initiatives and by removing barriers and increasing accessibility for folks with visual impairments.