Table 1

Facility size and scope

Type of facilityPopulation servedScope of surgical practiceVolume of surgery/year
Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo, 20132 million
Referral hospital (n=2)Neurosurgery, orthopaedics, ENT, ophthalmology, obstetric and gynaecology2000 surgeries
Base hospital (n=2)General surgery, trauma and caesarean sections1000 surgeries
Antananarivo, Madagascar, 20141.4 million
University hospitals (n=11)Includes largest hospital and leading paediatric hospital in Madagascar14 300 surgeries
District hospitals (n=3)General surgery and caesarean sections4780 surgeries
Health centre (n=3)General medicine and maternity720 surgeries
Cotonou, Benin, 20150.67 million
University hospitals (n=1)Largest government-funded hospital in Benin, main teaching hospital17 600 surgeries
Smaller government-funded (n=2)General surgery and obstetrics5475 surgeries
Private hospital (n=2)General surgery and obstetrics4020 surgeries
Zone hospital (n=6)General surgeries, caesarean sections and obstetrics4440 surgeries; 3200+ deliveries
Health centre (n=27)Minor procedures and obstetrics12 620 procedures; 14 500 deliveries
Total number of facilities (n=49)4.07 million79 935
(1964 procedures per 100 000 population)
  • ENT, ear, nose and throat.