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Rapid Economic Growth Not Spurring Increase In African Health Care Spending

Los Angeles Times: African health spending lags despite rapid economic growth
“…Ebola has focused attention on the inability of local [African] health systems to contain a major disease outbreak. But even in African nations untouched by the epidemic, health systems are struggling with insufficient financing and poor organization. That is holding back progress against malaria, HIV/AIDS, and basic health problems such as infant mortality. … Despite rapid economic growth, countries including Mozambique are spending on areas other than health care, leaving much of Africa with too few clinics, hospital beds, doctors, and health workers, and with inadequate systems for linking them together…” (Levey, 11/10).

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