About Us

To be the premier site of research and development for eye care and blindness prevention in Africa, and thereby address the impact of visual impairment and blindness on quality of life.  

To develop research capacity and appropriate skills in an effort to eliminate visual impairment and avoidable blindness in Africa, thereby supporting Vision 2020: the Right to Sight's campaign.  

To develop research capacity.

To mobilise research resources.

To undertake research.

To support the dissemination of research findings. 

To promote South-South and North-South collaboration in support of its mandate.

Research support.

Provide training in research methods.

Assist Post-Graduate students to become skilled researchers and writers.

Assist authors to communicate effectively and scientifically.

Promote and source resources.

Promote publication of research findings. 

Disseminate information via websites, newsletters, reports and publications.

  1. Provides training in research methods
  2. Assists post-graduate students to become skilled researchers and writers
  3. Assists authors to communicate effectively and scientifically
  4. Promotes, undertakes, and sources resources
  5. Promotes publication of research findings
  6. Intends to disseminate information: web site, newsletters and publications

Research papers
Who We Are
Our History

The African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) is an African-based institute which links institutions, organisations, academics and intellectuals in the pursuit of confronting the challenges of Africa's eye health issues. The idea was conceived, after a World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting, by Professor Kovin Naidoo, Professor Hannah Faal, Professor Hannah Faal, Dr. Daniel Etya'ale and Professor Adenike Abiose who saw the need for an organisation that focused on enhancing research capacity on the African continent and thereby positively impacting on publications in peer-reviewed journals by African researchers.

Our Aims

AVRI aims to reduce the burden of blindness in Africa by encouraging research activity among African scientists which is relevant to the control of eye diseases, human resource development and infrastructural capacity enhancement for increased eye care service delivery. The mission of the Institute is to develop research capacity and appropriate skills in an effort to eliminate visual impairment and avoidable blindness in Africa, in support of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight campaign initiated by the WHO and IAPB in 2000. This global campaign draws stakeholders involved in eye care to escalate and co-ordinate efforts towards eliminating avoidable blindness in the world by the year 2020.

Our Affiliation

The Institute is affiliated to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); both organisations having a commitment to growing vision and eye research in Africa. In addition to undertaking research, AVRI currently provides training in research methods; offers technical and logistical support on a range of research projects, assists post-graduate students to become skilled researchers and research writer; assists authors to communicate effectively and scientifically, promotes, undertakes and sources resources (journal articles, funding, information, etc); and promotes publication of research findings. Additionally the Institute disseminates research-related information to interested African researchers through its website, newsletters and publication.


AVRI provides holistic support to post-graduate research projects, including assistance with writing protocols and proposals; advising on methodologies; designing of surveys / questionnaires; layout and content of conference abstracts, posters and presentations; sourcing publications and documents for research projects; and data entry and analysis in the form of descriptive reports.

Our Successes

Thus far, the Institute has made in-roads into developing linkages in East and West Africa and is currently pursuing North-South collaborative partnerships to strengthen the delivery of its mandate.

Myopia Prevalence in African School Children
Diabetes Risk Assessment Tools