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Table 10 Patient:staff ratios based on data from selected WHO visits to active sites, 2003

From: Estimating health workforce needs for antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings

Site Current no. of patients on ART MDs   Nurses Counsellors Pharmacists/Pharmacy technicians
   N Pts/MD Pts/MD or CO N Pts/nurse N Pts/counsellor N. Pts/Ph per pharmacist/PT
Africa           
1 1100 0.2* 5500 5500 12.8 86 40 27.5 1 1100
2 1073 3 358 153 4 268 1 1073 2 537
3** 1,050 14.4 122 22 55 32 12 87 - N/A
4 1000 3 333 333 3 333 - N/A - N/A
5 833 2 417 417 5 167 - N/A 1 833
6 704 1 704 117 4 176 2 352 1 704
7 1073 3 358 153 4 268 1 1073 2 537
8 562 1 562 562 11 52 1.28 439 1.84 305
9*** 250 0.64 1953 977 - N/A 1 250 1 250
10 105 1 105 105 10 10 10 10 1 105
11+ 65 0.96 226 11 - N/A 1 65 - N/A
Asia           
1 1510 1.5 1007 1007 3.3 458 0 N/A 0.9 1678
2 935 4.3 217 217 2 468 2 468 1 935
2 800 1 800 533 1.5 533 1 800 - N/A
  1. *High number of nurses reported who do eligibility assessment and follow-up
  2. *60% of time dedicated to ART-related activities
  3. ***20% of time dedicated to ART-related activities
  4. +30% of time dedicated to ART-related activities
  5. "-": not noted, N/A: not applicable