Average life expectancy in Africa increased by 10 years between 2000 and 2019, from 46 to 56 years. An unprecedented progression, while the world average for the same period is 5 years longer. Figures released by the WHO during a conference it gave on Thursday, August 4, on health in Africa. Its observation is clear: life expectancy is undermined by the fragility of the health system.
Rising to 2019, average life expectancy in Africa has just begun to decline, according to the WHO. We are talking about the Covid-19 pandemic, which has weakened an already very precarious health system.
“The continent’s health services have been more affected than in other regions of the world,” explains Dr. Lindiwe Makubalo, Assistant to the WHO Regional Director for Africa. While African states are currently trying to rebuild the health system, it is important not to recreate it as it was before the pandemic, but to improve it. »
Across the continent, only 7 countries finance more than 50% of the budget for health. Botswana is one of these seven countries. But for his health minister Moses Keetile, the problem should not only mobilize the public authorities.
“We finance our system up to 57%, but we would like the private sector to participate as well. We need funding because there are also indirect costs: for example in Botswana the population is very spread out and they cannot always afford to pay the transport costs to get treatment. »
The progress observed in the past twenty years, especially the coverage of health services on the continent, which has increased from 24% in 2000 to 46%, is directly threatened.