The social and economic challenges faced by Africa may seem daunting – with many communities suffering from hunger, a lack of clean water and sanitation, and little access to education or a functioning health system. However, if we work together, I believe we can overcome these challenges one-by-one and build a positive, virtuous cycle where we invest in healthcare, which in turn increases economic development.
In many parts of Africa people cannot afford to pay to see a doctor or buy medicines, and in many places they are not readily available even if they could. This results in a situation in which children are prevented from pursuing an education, and illness impedes personal, societal and economic development. We can change this.
We’ve come a long way over the past five years – in addition to medical advances, vaccines and basic healthcare services are now reaching some of the most remote areas of the world, in large part due to international aid from countries including the United States and the United Kingdom, along with generous funding from non-profit groups such as the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. However, there is still much more to do, and moving to the next level will require a shift in mindset. It is clear than no single person or organisation can find the all answers to Africa’s problems. Only through strong partnerships and innovative collaborations will we find the strength and the resilience, creativity and energy to bring the scale of change required.
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