Sub-saharan Africa has to leap into modern healthcare in order to fix its health crisis. This includes embracing the latest technologies while empowering its population to be active participants in their own health through disease prevention and self-care.
Africa’s healthcare systems face unique challenges. The continent carries a quarter of the world’s disease burden but has only 2 percent of the global healthcare workforce, per the World Health Organization. This means that far worse epidemics and infectious and communicable diseases than COVID-19 are still rampant across the world’s second-largest and second-most populous landmass.
Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancer are also sharply increasing, due in part to a growing middle class in urban settings who live more sedentary lifestyles. Africa’s young and growing population also means this situation could get worse before it gets better.
This is what Yaya Mbaoua, Zencey CEO wrote as a guest author in The Yuan, an AI-focused online magazine. For further details, read the full article.