Sightsavers Reports

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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Sightsavers and eye health
Surgical staff perform a cataract operation.
Sightsavers from the field

Watch cataract surgery condensed into one and a half minutes

During a recent trip to Bangladesh, we filmed a time-lapse video of a Sightsavers cataract operation taking place at Khulna BNSB hospital.

February 2018
Staff from Makeni Hospital's eyecare team smile for the camera.
Sightsavers from the field

Meeting Sierra Leone’s miracle workers

In October 2017, Sightsavers staff visited Makeni Hospital in Sierra Leone to meet the amazing eye care workers your donations are helping to support.

February 2018
Rebecca takes a selfie with Dorcas, in Nigeria.
Sightsavers from the field

The personal stories behind Sightsavers’ billionth milestone

In Nigeria, Sightsavers' Rebecca Mintrim joined the celebrations for the billionth NTD treatment.

February 2018