Brookings Institution Blog Posts Discuss Health Care Landscape, Financing In Africa

Brookings Institution’s “Future Development”: Is trade with India changing Africa’s health care landscape?
Siddharth Dixit, associate in research at the Duke Center for International Development (DCIC), and colleagues discuss the impact of India-Africa trade on the health care landscape in Africa, including HIV treatment and prevalence. The authors write, “India is still battling health care problems that many middle- and low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing. India and Africa can learn together how these problems can be tackled. The two subcontinents have similar problems, but matching sets of skills and resources. The improvement in health care is just an example of the many benefits that closer trade and investment relations can bring. We hope this is just the beginning of the story” (3/1).

Brookings Institution’s “Future Development”: Closing Africa’s health financing gap
Osondu Ogbouji, deputy director and head of research at the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health at Duke University’s Duke Global Health Institute, and colleagues offer four recommendations for closing Africa’s health financing gap: “1. Keep moving towards pooled financing of health care. … 2. Encourage donors to be more innovative and strategic. … 3. Adopt systems that foster innovation and continuous learning in financing and delivery. … 4. Get serious about addressing waste and leakages” (3/1).