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Dr. Ciku awarded Lead Researcher Prize

RIIO founder and RIIO School of Ophthalmology Director, Dr. Ciku Mathenge was awarded the Lead Researcher prize at the recently concluded COECSA 2019 congress. On receiving the award, Dr. Ciku had this to say; “I was very honoured to be the Chair of the Scientific Program. For the first time […]

Dr. Ciku Presents at the 6th Annual David M Paton, MD Lecture in Academic Global Ophthalmology

Dr. Ciku Mathenge, presents at the 6th annual David Paton Lectureship in Academic Global Ophthalmology. The lecture took place on the 12th of June, at Will’s Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Following Dr Mathenge’s lectures, she helped moderate discussions as residents and academic global ophthalmology fellow share how Wills is partnering […]


  Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Philadelphia Eagles, Fred Hollows foundation conducted a school screening project in the Gasabo district of Kigali. 15 schools had their students and staff receive free vision tests and interventions. A total of 19135 students were screened, […]


  In 2017, RIIO set out to carry out school eye health screening in Gasabo District piloting the project in 10 Primary and 5 secondary schools • One proposed methodology for the project was to use Peek School Eye Health software • Peek uses smartphone-based tools for vision tests and […]


The Rwanda international Institute of Ophthalmology (RIIO), a constituent institution of the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, offers a four-year ophthalmology residency program combining clinical training, academic activities, and research opportunities. Four first year positions are available in 2019. The RIIO Residency attending clinical staff consists […]

KCB Sight Restoration Project

The idea for this particular project is to provide full treatment including surgery, medications and post-operative follow-up, to up to 22 adults at the RIIO/Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital. Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology (RIIO) in partnership with Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital and KCB held a cataract outreach camp in August, […]

DR. Wanjiku Ciku Mathenge receives 2018 SEE International Humanitarian of the Year Award

RIIO Co-founder Dr. Ciku Mathenge receives 2018 SEE International Humanitarian of the Year Award. In recognition of her commitment to service and sustainable impact, Dr. Mathenge is SEE’s 2018 internationally-based Humanitarian of the Year. Read more about the award here


RIIO in partnership with CBM Rwanda and Peek Vision carried out a school screening activity in September. The activity was conducted in preparation for a Pilot programme set to commence in 2019. A team carried out vision screening activities at two schools in the Gazebo district. Gihogwe Secondary school and […]

Dr. Karl Golnik Visits RIIO

We hosted Dr. Karl Golnik this past week. Dr. Karl Clifford Golnik is an American trained Ophthalmologist who is a volunteer faculty with Orbis Africa a partner organization dedicated strengthening eye health systems across sub Saharan Africa towards eliminating preventable and treatable eye health impairment. During his time at RIIO, […]

Three young Rwandans receive Cornea transplants.

Through our continued partnership with Cornea-Help e.V. Wiesmoor we were able to provide surgery and the gift of sight to three deserving recipients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqkPL8kzPUA