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10 Dec Towards Health for All in Africa – Who Cares?
- Professor Stephen Tomlinson CBE MD FRCP FMedSci
Provost, Cardiff University
Africa has less than 3% of the world’s health workers struggling to combat 25% of the global burden of disease, with 1% of the expenditure; the great infectious killers, HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria have yet to be defeated whilst non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and mental illness are on the increase.

What can we do? We can help to improve basic health services through supporting sustainable educational and research links to increase numbers of vital healthcare workers. However, major improvements in health can only be achieved in the wider context of International Development. Clean water, sanitation, nutrition, agriculture and access to transport all have an obvious impact on health and public education is essential. We must work together to help those in greatest need. We can make a difference!