Healthcare in Africa


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.