While it is true that less than 50% of Africans enjoy access to modern healthcare facilities at present, and that Africa suffers from one-quarter of the world’s disease burden, you can’t deny the potential that is inherent in the region.
In 2015, a World Economic Forum report noted that seven of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies are in Africa, a ‘result of governments being able to successfully implement far-reaching economic and political reforms, thus creating more conducive business and investment climates’. Economically, we’re on our way.
Home to some 1.25 billion people – almost 20% of the world’s total population – Africa has seen greater urban development and increased wealth, coupled with greater access to mobile phones and the internet. These changes could all help to awaken the sleeping giant that is healthcare delivery on the continent and, more than that, alter and improve the healthcare landscape in future.