Diabetic retinopathy screening in The Republic of Rwanda

While Rwanda is making significant progress in eye care, with leadership from key local clinics and internationally renowned ophthalmologists, the ratio of ophthalmologists per capita reflects a trend in the region. The need for eye care in Rwanda is huge. Only 14 ophthalmologists are working in the country. For example, the UK has a ratio of ophthalmologists per capita of 1:44,000, while in Rwanda this ratio is 1:750,000.

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that artificial intelligence can help to plug the gap in eye diagnostics. Deepdee is an AI research company specializing in retinal diagnostics and has already achieved over 95% accuracy in its screening of patients for diabetic retinopathy. ZAKA is a company that specializes in digital ID and authentication. Deepdee and ZAKA intend to collaborate with Local health professionals on a scalable, patient-centered program of AI diagnostics for eye diseases, beginning in Rwanda.

DeepdeeAI will screen 300 patients (as MVP) and then 150,000 patients ( children over 14 years old and adults) to implement a mobile eye screening program for early detection of the most commonly occurring eye diseases on the African continent. We will utilize local community resources equipped with mobile phones and portable devices, to capture retinal scans, upload for remote diagnosis by a team of European specialists and return them for local follow-up. The program will include processing of the annotated retinal scans for building an AI screening solution.

We believe, conducting a complex of measures will prevent the development of low vision and blindness in the population of Rwanda.

Population: 11,262,564 (2015)

Capital: Kigali

Area: 26,338 km2

GDP (PPP): $30.068 billion

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150,000 patients ( children over 14 years old and adults) to implement a mobile eye screening program for early detection of the most commonly occurring eye diseases on the African continent.

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