Every year Africa witnesses millions of
people getting infected with various deadly and infectious diseases like
malaria, tuberculosis and HIV, and most of these infected people, especially
the children, ultimately succumb to these ailments and die.
of the primary reasons for these deaths and high mortality rate in Africa is
the healthcare crisis in the continent where the poor can’t get access to
The inefficient healthcare system in
Africa has led to scarcity of decent healthcare professionals in the region and
poor delivery of healthcare.
The healthcare crisis faced by the
Africans is a pressing issue because it is impacting the lives of millions of
Africans who are succumbing to diseases, which are otherwise preventable and
curable, due to lack of resources and adequate care.
Most of the people in many countries of Africa
live in rural areas, however, a high percentage of health professionals live in
For example, in Malawi, a small sub-Saharan
African country, eighty percent of the population lives in rural areas with 74%
living below the poverty line and most of these are extremely poor. In this
country, more than 90 percent of doctors live in urban areas which lead to poor
access to healthcare. Apart from that, the cost of healthcare is very high and
unaffordable for the poor rural population. This is the cause of high mortality
rate among the rural children in Malawi.
The living conditions in Africa are terrible
and the disease spread very quickly due to this. Most of these diseases are
preventable, however, with no access to clean water and clean surroundings, the
communicable diseases are becoming an epidemic.
The healthcare infrastructure is
inadequate and most of the hospitals have high burden of patients than they can
handle, with many regions having only one hospital for huge number of
Minor but sensitive issue like maternity
is also not attended to properly leading to high rate of maternity and infant
Corruption in the region has escalated
the problem with limited or insufficient access to drugs in most of the
hospitals. This means that even when the diagnosis is done, patients have to
look for pharmacies that provide the drugs as there is lack of preventive