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Table 2 Proportional distribution of eye health practitioners by sector

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

  Country mean% workforce by sector
Eye care cadre n countries Government NGO/Mission Private-for-profit
Ophthalmologists 20 63.9 17.4 18.7
Cataract surgeons 16 68.1 22.5 9.4
All surgeons 19 63.4 18.5 18.1
OCOs 7 83.8 13.0 3.3
Ophthalmic nurses 17 82.2 10.2 7.6
All OCOs/Nurses 18 81.7 11.1 7.3
Optometrists 14 33.5 9.2 57.2
Mid-level refractionists 13 39.6 22.8 37.6
All refractionists 15 41.4 16.7 44.9
  1. Table legend: data on the sector in which practitioners worked was not available for all sectors in all countries. In analyses of individual cadres, countries with ≤ one practitioner in the country were considered not to employ this cadre and excluded from analyses. In analyses of combined cadres which sum practitioners of two types, however, countries with none of an individual cadre were counted as having ‘zero’, so the number (‘n’) of countries considered to have contributed data may be different. Figures in bold indicate ratios for combined categories of practitioners.