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Scaling up human resources for eye health

October 2017

A case study of public private partnership and institutional development

Today, there are 45 million people who are blind globally, the majority (over 80%) of which is avoidable or preventable. It is estimated that outpatient treatments for eye problems at secondary level (district) hospitals account for almost 25% of all patients examined and treated. At the primary (community) level, about 15%-30% of the population has some eye problem that needs treatment. Most of these can be managed with an effective primary health care service. Trained health personnel are needed to address the burden of eye disease and avoidable blindness.

By implementing national programmes to reduce avoidable blindness, there is an estimated overall economic gain of $102 Billion over 2003 to 2020. This case study provides some regional insights into how public-private partnership between an international organization like Sightsavers with regional and national actors has led to the strengthening of health workforce development for a priority issue like eye health.

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