- January 25, 2016
- Posted by: ABO Capital
- Category: Publications by Zandre Campos
Africa tends to reflect the best of times and the worst of times. There are certainly many issues and challenges to address, but Africa also represents great opportunity. This scenario remains true in the healthcare arena, the current picture could appear daunting but there is great potential for the future.
The International Finance Corporation estimates that $25 billion to $30 billion will be needed over the next decade to meet Africa’s health care demand. Africa still lags on key health indicators. For example, Africans have the lowest life expectancy as identified by the World Health Organization, generally living 14 fewer years than the average world citizen. The continent still suffers from communicable diseases that have been eradicated or controlled in the rest of the world, including malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDs. Rural and poorer populations can lack access to such basics as clean water, sanitation and fresh food, raising mother and baby mortality rates and causing nutrition-related illnesses. The Ebola outbreak in 2015 revealed some of the many flaws in the current healthcare system, especially the inability to deal with emergencies.