Tom Rosewall

Vision for a Nation Foundation

 

VFAN CEO, Tom Rosewall, has played a galvanising leadership role in the organisation’s successful support of the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MoH) in providing all of the country’s 10.5 million people with access to life-changing, local and affordable eye care – something that no other emerging nation has achieved. This would not have been possible without Tom’s creativity, passion, business acumen and commitment. Tom focuses upon “Return On Investment” (ROI) – the number of patients served, at minimum cost, with maximum benefits, financial sustainability, and maximising “customer experience”. Tom directed the training of nearly 2,000 nurses deployed at 502 health centres and helped guarantee the availability of eye medication and glasses nationwide. In doing so, over 520,000 Rwandans have been screened in just 27 months. To build upon this success, Tom’s idea was to take the same services directly to 100% of the nation’s 15,000 villages over 28 months. Tom’s ability to achieve the buy-in from the MoH and VFAN funders has seen his vision become reality. Beginning in September 2015, the outreach is now forecasted to screen an estimated 1.25 million people by December 2017, with 625,000 receiving medication, 300,000 glasses and 250,000 referred for specialist care at Rwanda’s 42 hospitals.

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