Healthcare in Africa


No one 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 the extent to which our health and well-being are dependent on where we were born. Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, bears 24% of the global burden of disease, 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.