Status of Ophthalmic Education and the Eye Health Workforce in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Countries.
Haroon Awan, Mohammad Daud Khan, William Felch, Bruce Spivey, Hugh Taylor, Serge Resnikoff, Tina-Marie Gauthier
Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila) | Published : 2014
PURPOSE: This study aimed to assess the capacity for ophthalmic education in the 8 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and to determine the need and future projections of eye health professionals in the region. DESIGN: This was a retrospective study and comprised desk review and Web-based questionnaire. METHODS: Developed in the Asia Pacific region, the Capacity Assessment Tool for SAARC Eye Care Education, a Web-based survey mechanism derived from a 12-point framework, was used to collect data on the number of ophthalmologists and other eye care personnel, training institutions, and capacity for training in each SAARC country. RESULTS: There are an estimated 1..View full abstract