Algeria stands as unique example of universal health care in Africa

At the end of the Algerian war, in 1962, there were only five ophthalmologists in the whole country. Since then, Algeria has gone through a large reorganization, established a national health care system and greatly increased human resources in all branches of medicine.“We are now 1,500 ophthalmologists, which is undoubtedly a great progress. Nevertheless, this number is not yet sufficient to serve a population of 38 million. We are far from covering the needs of our patients,” Boualem Chachoua, MD, president of the national association of private ophthalmologists, said.

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