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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.

Trachoma Workshop in Kigali

On December 10th and 11th, 2015, the Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology (RIIO) and the Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) came together to conduct a workshop involving all opthalmic technicians in the country as well as key policy and decision makers from at-risk border districts in Rwanda to inform them on Trachoma […]

WHO Primary Eye Care Training Workshop in Kigali

Dr. Ciku Mathenge, co-director of the Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology, recently served as a Master Trainer for the World Health Organization‘s pilot training workshop in Kigali, Rwanda. The course ran from December 14th to December 17th and gathered nurses from around the country for training in Primary Eye Care (PEC). […]

Diabetes Eye Health: A guide for Health Professionals

What is Diabetes Eye Health: A Guide for Health Professionals? Diabetes Eye Health: A Guide for Health Professionals (the Guide) is a practical and informative document developed for primary health professionals on managing diabetic eye disease, in particular diabetic retinopathy (commonly called DR). The Guide aims to raise awareness among […]