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Dr. Mathenge named IAPB Eye Health Hero

RIIO’s Dr. Mathenge is an IAPB Eye Health Hero! My initial motivation for specializing in ophthalmology stemmed from my experiences watching miraculous blindness reversing operations while on a short attachment in the eye unit. That wonder has never left me but I have now come to realise that so many processes […]


RIIO Director, Dr. John Nkurikiye, was featured on Montreal’s CKUT 90.3 FM’s Health on Earth. In this show, called “Chronic Diseases in the Majority World,” Dr. Nkurikiye and the Director of RIIO’s partner the Rwanda Diabetes Association, Crispin Gishoma, discuss the current status of chronic diseases in Rwanda with RIIO […]


This week RIIO participated in public NCD screening in downtown Kigali. Thousands of Rwandans had their blood pressure, blood glucose and vision tested for free as part of an awareness-raising campaign.  


This month RIIO staff members received training from RIIO Fellow Chevy Lazenby on how to manage our website and social media. One of Chevy’s projects during her time in Kigali was to build our current website in order to amplify our partnerships, disseminate our resources and raise awareness of about our services. Now, […]

Dr Nkurikiye will examine at Mbarara University

Dr John Nkurikiye RIIO Medical Director has been invited as the external examiner at the Department of Ophthalmology Mbarara University Uganda from 30th May 2016 to 1st June 2016.

Dr. Mathenge speaks at Women Deliver

Dr. Ciku Mathenge, the director of RIIO, was invited to speak at the 4th edition of the  Women Deliver conference in Denmark. The conference took place from the 16th to the 19th of May. Women Deliver advocates for girl’s and women’s health, right and  well being. She presented on the […]

IWD 2016: Gender and Blindness

Did you know that two-thirds of the world’s blind are women? For International Women’s Day, RIIO is focusing on gender and eye health. What do we know? Globally, women bear a greater burden of blindness than men. A meta-analysis of population based surveys on blindness prevalence in Asia, Africa and […]

Ophthalmic Technicians Receive Certification

A new batch of ophthalmic technicians has received their certifications from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). Four individuals received their Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certificate and two others received their Certified Ophthalmic Technicians (COT) certificate. Congratulations to all.  To learn more about JCAHPO certifications, click […]

Dr. Ciku Mathenge Appointed ICO Board Member

Dr. Ciku Mathenge, co-director of the Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology has been appointed as a Board Member for the International Council of Ophthalmology. Dr. Mathenge was previously a member of the ICO Advisory Committee. To see a full list of the ICO’s Board and Advisory Committee, visit their site.

Dr. Ciku Mathenge appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCT

In January, 2016, Dr. Ciku Mathenge, co-director of the Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology, was confirmed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Division of Ophthalmology. Dr. Mathenge participated in an epidemiology and evidence program planning course at the University of Cape Town in November, 2015.