Health and Systems for Health

Accessible, universal health care for all is the backbone of a nation. Evidence shows that health programs based on evidence are cost-effective and easily implementable. Sub-Saharan Africa however bears a disproportionate burden of ill-health, and health remains largely under-funded by many governments in the region. In 2010, HIV/AIDS claimed up to 1.2 million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa and a further 22.9 million people, including 2.3 million children, were living with the condition. The region is also now increasingly threatened by non-communicable diseases such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive respiratory disease.