Mar 26, 2011 Volume 377 Number 9771 Pages 1047 – 1124
Health care: an African solution
In 2006, WHO’s World Health Report detailed the perilous state of health-care provision in sub-Saharan Africa. The statistics are familiar to anyone with an interest in global health. Africa had only 2·3 health-care workers per 1000 population, compared with 18·9 in Europe, and this workforce had to deal with 24% of the global disease burden, with just 1% of the total global funding for health. Since published, these statistics have formed the introduction to many subsequent publications on health in Africa, but so far, practical solutions have been in short supply.