Human Resources for Eye Health

Human Resources for Health are the cornerstone to any successful health system. Without strong Human Resources who are equipped to manage the complex health needs of communities, essential medical services such as eye health services would be impossible to deliver.

Facing the Challenge

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 57 countries are currently in crisis when it comes to Human Resources for Health. Of those, 36 are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Innovative strategies to address these shortages in human resource are more urgent than ever.

Across Africa, an estimated 4.8 million people are blind and a further 16.6 million are moderately to severely impaired, making it essential for us to improve on the quality of graduates and the outcomes of eye health training institutions across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our Response

Orbis Africa in partnership with IAPB Africa and the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COECSA), will roll out Human Resources for Eye Health strengthening activities in East, Central and Southern Africa. Orbis Africa’s work will centre around Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Our Response

Orbis Africa’s work centers around Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.


• Orbis Africa has provided support in building structured residency programmes.

• We have strengthened five partner institutions to become rotation centers through various forms of sub-speciality training.

• Essential equipment has been provided to ensure the efficient running of the supported eye units.