On the recent World Sight Day, the organization called Sightsavers believes that there are not enough eye health workers in the world.
In the United Kingdom, The College of Emergency did a study and found that there were not eye health staff in emergency departments.
The United Kingdom is not the only country that is having problem with a shortage of eye health workers. Sightsavers says that there are over 50 countries that do not have the right number of eye health workers. If you combine eye health workers with doctors, nurses and midwives, there is a shortage of 4.3 million health workers.
This international shortage problem is not the same every country or region. In Africa, the health worker shortage has reached crisis levels in 26 countries. An additional 10,000 eye health workers are needed in these countries. Internationally, according to Sightsavers, these eye health worker shortages mean that many countries are not meeting their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). If things continue like this, governments will not be able to implement strategies that will increase the number of eye health workers.
Sighsavers feels that eye health workers can’t find the solution to this problem alone. They must get financial help from the global donor community and the national governments. They must know how to invest the money wisely. If they don’t know where to put the money, their investment could be wasted.
The lack of eye health shortage affects the important health services. If a country has less than 23 doctors, midwives and nurses per 10,000 people, they usually don’t get adequate coverage rates to reach the targets set by the MDGs. In Ghana, they now have 1 doctor and 10 nurses and midwives per 10,000 people. UK quite adequately more covered with 27 doctors and 94 nurses and midwives per 10,000 people. Sightsavers feels that the world faces an eye health doctor shortage crisis and that governments or communities must solve this problem.