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Health and Human Well-being in sub-Saharan Africa

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Health and Human Well-being in sub-Saharan Africa


This document intends to capture the current status of health and human well-being in sub-Saharan Africa. In doing so, shortcomings, especially in terms of policy, research, funding, data
collection, human resources, training and education, and public awareness are identified, and solutions to improve health and human well-being in sub-Saharan Africa are proposed.
Areas identified by the authors as being important in health and human well-being on the continent
include: the burden of disease; health systems; public health; emerging and re-emerging diseases; food
and nutrition security; water and sanitation; and the social, political, and environmental contexts. Many
of these factors are linked to poverty in Africa, which is a direct cause of reduced life expectancy, hunger,
high infant mortality rates, and communities ravaged by disease. Many of these problems can be solved, however, if African governments spend more of their financial and intellectual resources on addressing the issues relating to the health and human well-being of their citizens. Immunization, basic food and
nutrition, and proper and adequate healthcare facilities as well as access to potable water can greatly improve living conditions on the continent.


International Council for Science (ICSU)


November 2007