Why Less is More for the Health of Africa’s Hospitals
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The rural health clinic in Kimalamisale, Tanzania, sits at the end of a rutted sandy road some 160 miles from the nearest large town. Although the brightly colored concrete structure serves thousands of villagers living in the surrounding savannah, it has no electricity and its main healthcare equipment consists of a stethoscope, weighing scales and a blood pressure machine.
The clinic is a snapshot of the challenges facing Africa – 60 percent of Africans live without electricity, and although the continent bears a quarter of the global disease burden, healthcare spending is just 1 percent of the world’s total, according to a recentreport by McKinsey.
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