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Table 2 Practitioners and surgeries per million population in 2011 and 2020 (projected), by cadre

From: Trends and implications for achieving VISION 2020 human resources for eye health targets in 16 countries of sub-Saharan Africa by the year 2020

VISION 2020 indicator   2011 2020 (projected)
Number of countries included Sub-Saharan Africa regional ratio Country mean Country median (Min-max) Sub-Saharan Africa regional ratio Country mean Country median (Min-max)
Ophthalmologists 14 2.6 2.2 1.2 (0.5–8.8) 2.7 2 1.5 (0–9.0)
Cataract surgeons 14 0.4 1.1 0.5 (0–7.3) 0.7 1.5 0.3 (0–9.8)
All surgeons 14 3.1 3.3 2.5 (0.8–8.8) 3.4 3.5 2.7 (0–10.3)
Ophthalmic clinical officers (OCOs) 15 0.8 1.1 0 (0–6.2) 1.0 1.6 0 (0–10.2)
Ophthalmic nurses 15 5.0 5.7 6.2 (0–22) 5.8 6.3 4.2 (0–37.5)
All OCOs/nurses 15 5.8 6.8 6.2 (0–22) 6.8 7.9 6.4 (0–37.5)
Optometrists 7 2.9 1.4 0.1 (0–8.8) 2.4 1.2 0.1 (0–7.1)
Mid-level refractionists 7 0.7 0.5 0.3 (0–1.5) 1.1 1.0 0.7 (0–3.3)
All refractionists 7 3.6 1.9 0.4 (0.3–9.9) 3.6 2.3 1.1 (0.4–7.8)
Cataract surgeries 14 578 731 521 (309–2,210) 657 824 476 (0–2,570)
Cataract surgeries per surgeon 14 188 255 254 (85–483) 192 246 251 (0–528)
  1. Figures in bold indicate ratios for combined categories of practitioners (rows) or for the sub-Saharan Africa region (columns). All indicators are ratios of practitioners or surgeries per million population, except where noted. For further details of proportional population group in the region and by country, see Additional file 1.