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Comparative Infographics On Health Investment In Africa: Impact On Selected Diseases; Life Expectancy; Productivity & Economic Growth. Published Alongside Conference Of African Ministers Of Finance Holding 30/31 March 2015 in Ethiopia – On Theme Of Financing For Development
  • Key Lesson Of Ebola – Like Malaria & HIV Before It: Evidence From Financing Shortfalls Demonstrates That Despite Numerous Declarations (& Relative Progress) – African Governments Including Finance Ministers Are Not Yet Fully Convinced That Health Investment Is The Key To Sustainable Development.
  • Domestic Resource Mobilisation Is Key To Meeting Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals; & Africa 2063 Agenda (Improved Tax Base; & Innovative/Dedicated Financing Such As Airline; Tourism; Or TeleComs Tax Are Crucial; As Well As Ending Illicit Financial Outflows).
  • Ebola Like Malaria, HIV etc Before It Demonstrates Need For An Africa Human Resources For Health Development Fund (Health Systems Cannot Function Without Health Workers, & Africa Cannot Borrow Health Workers To Prevent Epidemics).
  • African Economies & Societies Loose More – In Terms Of Lives Lost, Under-developed Human Capital, Disruptions & Lost Productivity – Than It Would Cost To Prevent Epidemics.

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Malaria is especially dangerous to children & pregnant women.
In 2012, malaria which is preventable & treatable – killed an estimated
482,000 children under 5 years of age.
That is 1,300 children every day.
Or one child almost every minute.
13 years after its first special Summit on HIV-Africa still suffers the most

mortality globally.

Tax Revenue Comparison Indicates Need For Innovative Financing For Health
In Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals & Africa 2063 Agenda


Ebola Has Again Exposed The Fallacy Of Hoping To Prevent Epidemics With
Inadequate Numbers Of Health Workers & Inadequate Health Financing
Poor Health Financing Has Left Most African Countries Unprepared For Epidemics – & Is Likely To Undermine New Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, & Africa 2063 Agenda.

With experts estimating that a one year improvement in life expectancy can result in an increase in GDP of up to 4%, low life expectancy in African countries underlines an important reason for persistent economic under development and poverty.

Emergency funding and donations are important, but only for short term responses. Ebola demonstrates again like Malaria, HIV etc before it that improved health financing – must be combined with multisectoral investment – across Finance, Planning, Human, Social and Economic Development Sectors.
Health Worker Shortages Have Undermined Fight Against Ebola, and Health Development Goals:

Health worker shortages are a key reason why most African countries will not meet health and related MDG’s, and unlikely to meet the Post 2015 and regional AU 2063 Development Goals unless this is addressed through a distinct health goal, including human resources for health – and supported with a human resources for health education development fund.

Liberia with about 4 million people has only 51 doctors compared to over 12,000 doctors for roughly the same population in Croatia. Sierra Leone with almost 6 million people has 136 doctors compared to over 18,000 in Denmark for roughly same population.Guinea with about 11 million people has just over 900 doctors compared to over 76,000 doctors in Cuba for about same population, and Nigeria has just under 59,000 doctors compared to over 295,000 doctors in Japan which has 40 million people less than Nigeria.It is not a coincidence that Ebola has devastated Liberia and Sierra Leone which are 2 of the 5 countries globally with the lowest numbers of doctors.


Various Resources On Health Financing & Human Resources For Health
Bulletin Produced With Support Of Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM)Publication Does Not Necessarily Represent Views Or Opinions Of RBM
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