No person, of any country, should be afraid of getting sick because they cannot afford medical care
In the majority of African countries, medical treatment is paid for out-of-pocket, preventive care is lacking, and diagnoses are made too late. These factors, in addition to system-wide corruption and the scarcity of both human and technical resources, clearly demonstrate to what extent our health and well-being depend on where we were born. Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, bears 24% of global burden of deseases, yet accounts for only 1% of global health financing and 3% of global health labor force. With a 50% infant mortality rate and 10% mortality rate of children under 5, Africa is permanently trapped in a public health emergency.