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Research Article

Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness in Western Rwanda: Blindness in a Postconflict Setting

  • Wanjiku Mathenge,

    Affiliations: Rift Valley Provincial Hospital, Nakuru, Kenya, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • John Nkurikiye,

    Affiliation: King Faisal Hospital, Kigali, Rwanda

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  • Hans Limburg,

    Affiliation: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Hannah Kuper mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: hannah.kuper@lshtm.ac.uk

    Affiliation: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Published: July 03, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0040217

About the Authors

Wanjiku Mathenge
Rift Valley Provincial Hospital, Nakuru, Kenya
Wanjiku Mathenge, Hans Limburg, Hannah Kuper
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
John Nkurikiye
King Faisal Hospital, Kigali, Rwanda

Corresponding Author

Email: hannah.kuper@lshtm.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

WM, HL, and HK designed the study and contributed to writing the paper. WM and HL analysed the data. WM and JN enrolled patients. WM designed the study except the RAAB methodology, was the principal investigator and collected data in the field, did all the preliminary analyses as per RAAB guidelines, and enrolled patients in conjunction with JN. JN initiated the survey in Rwanda and was one of the ophthalmologists who conducted it. HL trained the survey teams in the survey protocol and procedures. With their inputs, HL calculated the sample size and selected the clusters. He also participated in the examination of the first cluster as part of the training. The software used for the survey was developed by HL, who also analysed the survey data, reviewed the draft manuscript, and calculated all the confidence intervals.