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Table 1 Practitioners per million population in 2011, by cadre, in sub-Saharan African countries included in the study

From: Mapping human resources for eye health in 21 countries of sub-Saharan Africa: current progress towards VISION 2020

Eye care cadre n countries included Regional ratio Country mean Country median Minimum Maximum
Ophthalmologists 21 2.3 2.2 1.3 0.3 8.8
Cataract surgeons 21 0.6 0.9 0.4 0.0 7.3
All surgeons 21 2.9 3.1 2.2 0.8 8.8
OCOs 21 0.7 1.0 0 0.0 6.2
Ophthalmic nurses 21 4.7 7.4 3.2 0.0 45.9
All OCOs/Nurses 21 5.5 8.4 6.2 0.0 45.9
Optometrists 18 1.7 1.7 0.4 0.0 8.8
Mid-level refractionists 18 2.1 2.2 1.1 0.0 8.9
All refractionists 17 3.7 4.0 1.8 0.3 14.8
  1. Table legend: figures in bold indicate ratios for combined categories of practitioners.