A Tsetse fly is a tropical insect that occurs only in Africa and transmits sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis) in humans and a similar disease called Nagana in domestic animals. The infection can lead to death in humans and has killed millions of cattle, reshaping the landscape and economy in some parts of Africa. While many… Read More Tsetse Fly: How African Science contained it and European invasion Escalated it
According to WHO Report on the state of health financing in the African region, the average total health expenditure in African countries stood at US$ 135 per capita in 2010, which is only a small fraction of the US$ 3,150 spent on health in an average high-income country. Insufficient investment in the health sector or in actions to tackle… Read More African Leaders Who Have Sought Healthcare Outside Africa
I am currently in Ghana for a 3-week summit by Young African Leaders’ Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center hosted at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra, and this is a summary of my first week at the summit. I will not repeat the everyday detail (you most likely experienced it or… Read More The Africa We Want
It is no news that Nigeria is faced with several challenges, some of which are in health. We have read about the budgetary allocation and how our health institutions are doing. What we are not conscious of is the increasing burden and deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Nigeria accounts for not less than 27%… Read More High Prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases: Causes, Way Out, My Dream
Before anything, let us look at the statistics of healthcare in Nigeria. Various statistics show that Nigeria has one of the worst health care delivery records in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria is rated 187th out of 191 countries in terms of health care delivery. Nigeria has the 13th highest infant mortality… Read More Could Healthcare Neglect in Nigeria be a Population Control Strategy?
Tanya Rosa de la Cuevas Hill is a specialist in comprehensive medicine and she runs a neighborhood clinic in Old Havana in Cuba. Along with her nurse, she looks after 334 families who live in the surrounding streets. “Being a family doctor, I love it,” she says. “The first mission we have is to prevent… Read More Why African Countries should Learn from Cuban Healthcare System