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Rwanda is first low-income country to provide universal eye care

Primary school children wave after school in the Kyaumbu Sector of Rwanda.
Primary school children wave after school in the Kyaumbu Sector of Rwanda. Photo: William Campbell-Corbis via Getty Images

The Rwandan government has partnered with the international organization, Vision for a Nation (VFAN) to be the first poor country to provide universal eye care, the Guardian reports.

Why it matters: Coffee bean sorting is a primary source of income for many Rwandan women, VFAN consultant Graeme Mackenzie told the Guardian. But many begin having eyesight problems around 45 years old, Mackenzie says, which impacts their work and can lead to young girls being "pulled out of school so they can work in agriculture to help...and the whole cycle of poverty is just reinforced."

  • What's next: Per the Guardian, VFAN is moving on to Ghana.
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