Lancet Editorial – Health care: an African solution

The Lancet
Mar 26, 2011  Volume 377  Number 9771 Pages 1047 – 1124
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Health care: an African solution
The Lancet

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.