JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE continent desperately needs more health investment as illnesses hinder broader development progress in many low-income countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
This is according to a report ONE has released under the aegis of the 2016 Africa DATA Report which focuses on health, seen as a critical building block of development investment.
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than seven million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.
Currently, many health outcomes in SSA are the worst in the world”, the organization said.
ONE said under-five and maternal mortality rates, the proportion of births not attended by skilled health staff and the number of one-year-olds who have not received a DPT immunisation in SSA were all close to double the world average.
In addition to overall poor health outcomes, too often one’s economic status within SSA countries determines their health outcome, with large inequalities across indicators, ONE bemoaned.
Investment in the health sector is crucial, since disease and untreated illnesses hinder broader development progress in many low-income countries, especially in SSA,”ONE said.
The organization stated evidence showed increased investment in the health sector alleviated poor outcomes and improved economic returns.
– CAJ News