Health in Africa

It is no new knowledge that African health is one of the biggest concerns for the people of the second-largest and second-most populated continent in the world. With over a billion people, African health has become a global priority. Nations around the world are constantly trying to urge people to the health issues and dangers that the African people are suffering due to lack of resources. African health is not an issue that concerns only the African continent, but it is, in fact, an issue with global impact and ramifications.

However, one of the biggest concerns to address is the fact that even though people know that African health and well-being is certainly a concern at the global level, the general public and the masses simply are not made aware of the actual problems people are experiencing in Africa.

Though the internet can provide for a wealth of information regarding African health issues, there is no concentration of the subject matter to be found; the information is spread out through various sources, making it much harder for the information and knowledge to be readily available and accessible. However, the positive aspect of the internet being the main source of African health-related topics is that the consolidation of this information is a more viable possibility now that the African continent is slowly but surely becoming more technologically advanced.

In providing for more internet-accessible information for its people and the rest of the world, the awareness of African health issues can be made more generally available to the public. Though there is a growing and numerous list associated with diseases and other maladies that have been African health issues over the past decades. Some of the most prevalent were, and still are: cholera, dengue, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, and malnutrition. On the other hand, we need to admit that over the past decade, some impressive progress has been made, especially regarding HIV and Ebola, though not everyone affected has to opportunity and access to the right medication, let alone the right education. 

It is important to note that some of these diseases and health concerns are issues that can be eradicated from being huge concerns. The fact of the matter is that some of these diseases would not afflict people at the rate they currently are if people had more access to available and proper medical facilities and let’s face it; the state of the educational systems across Africa doesn’t really help either.

The economic state of many of the African people does not allow them to receive the necessary and proper healthcare that would not only help rid of some these diseases but also allow the prevention of them becoming epidemics. Cholera and malaria, for example, are diseases that can be controlled by means that do not necessarily involve healthcare in terms of availability and affordability.

Cholera and malaria are two health concerns that could be appropriately avoided if certain measures were taken or certain health regulations were implemented effectively and correctly. However, as with anything else, things are easier said than done.

The fact is that though the methods to help prevent or treat these diseases are simple by most country’s standards, they are simply not always viable in Africa. African health issues then prove to be a concern that is more complex when taking a deeper consideration. That is why the people of the world must be able to access the necessary information in order to find ways, however simple or easy, in which they can help address the African health concerns.