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Human resources for health and international migration

October 2006

Frontline human resources are key for any health care system.

In countries already severely deprived of health professionals, the loss of each individual has serious implications for the health of citizens.

In the eye care sector, the Vision 2020 target on human resources in sub-Saharan Africa was one ophthalmologist per 500,000 population by 2000. By 2003, only 13 of the 46 WHO Member States in Africa had reached this level, and 10 countries had one or fewer ophthalmologists per million people.

Even these ratios probably overestimate the availability of services because of the concentration of ophthalmologists in urban areas and the private sector. Furthermore, eye care personnel depend on a team of other specialists and more general health workers to be effective, and these staff are also in critically short supply.

Read ‘Scaling up human resources for eye health’: a case study (pdf)

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Sightsavers and eye health
Namakau has her eyes examined by a health worker, who shines a torch into her eye.
Sightsavers Reports

Namakau’s story

Namakau, from Zambia, has had trachoma for decades and is now irreversibly blind. A fear of modern medicine had stopped her from seeking treatment.

December 2018
A village screening by Dr Ndalela under a tree.
Sightsavers from the field

Sightsavers in Zambia: protecting rural communities from trachoma

Sightsavers’ Tom Hodgson traveled to Zambian to see how Mr Ndalela is working to protect communities from the threat of trachoma.

December 2018
Children smile at the camera after the final trachoma treatment campaign in Yendi, northern Ghana.
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$105 million fund to eliminate trachoma launched at star-studded concert in South Africa

The funding was announced by Richard Branson, via recorded video link, at the Global Citizen concert in Johannesburg on 2 December 2018.

December 2018