Our Health Care Crisis
Volume 7 No. 1
FEATURES - Health Care in Africa
- How African Countries Rank in Health Care
- Preventing Unnecessary Death
- Jane Wahome
- Up to one million Africans, mostly children below the age of five,
die from malaria every year. About 40,000 people become permanently blind
from onchocerciasis [river blindness]. Tens of thousands die from trypanosomiasis
[sleeping sickness], and many more from leishmaniases, leprosy, schistosomiases
and filariases, among other diseases. Can we prevent all these unwanted
- Mortality in Africa
- Khaitsa Wasiyo
- Although there is still a long way to go, Africa's health status in
terms of adult and infant life expectancy is constantly improving. Before
we can begin developing effective programs to increase life expectancy,
we must first understand the causes and extent of mortality.
- Improving the Nutritional Status of the African Child.
- J. Ngo Som
- Nearly 4 million children in Africa die each year before they reach
the age of five, mainly due to malnutrition and related diseases. Today,
despite some progress made, malnutrition still remains the major public
health issue in children aged 0 to 5 years.
- Improving Health Care Using Satellite Communications.
- John Metzger
- Physicians in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Uganda are using a telecommunications
system called Health Net to consult with one another on treatments, organize
workshops, and communicate with international organizations.
- Advances in Traditional Medicine in Ghana
- Peter Kobina Owu
- George Daniel Koranteng heads Apaak Traditional Medicines, a company
involved in herbal medical research and treatment. He has gained a reputation
as a man committed to the positive development of traditional African medicine.
- AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: Epidemiology and Prospects for Prevention
- David J. Hunter
- Why has HIV spread so rapidly in Africa? The answer to this question
is vital to determine the most appropriate interventions to slow the spread
of the epidemic.
- Malaria-Resurgent Hopes for a Timeless Plague
- John A. Selormey
- Malaria remains the most significant killer disease in sub-Saharan
Africa. The disease kills as many as 3 million annually. Recent research
efforts suggest that effective treatment may be on the way.
- Cooking Can Kill: An Update on Extreme Smoke Exposure from Tradition
- Daniel M. Kammen
- Biomass fuels are frequently burned in confined indoor environments
on traditional stoves; a combination that can result in high concentrations
of pollutants. Technology dissemination schemes and other efforts designed
to combat this health crisis are critically needed.
- New Treatments for Sickle Cell Anemia
- William P. Winter and Junius G. Adams, III
- Eighty years after sickle cell anemia came to the attention of Western
medicine, there is still no comprehensive treatment for it, although patient
care techniques have improved vastly. New research points the way to some
exciting possible treatments.
- Privatization in Africa
- William J. Hartnett
- The economic landscape is shifting as countries around the world abandon
nationalization in favor of privatization. Although privatization is seen
as a way to streamline government and improve economic growth, the path
has proven difficult.
- Methods of Privatization
- Frederick W. Kwoba
- Privatization has become the dominant economic theme in the structural
adjustment reforms prescribed for Africa by the World Bank and the IMF.
If privatization has been touted as the panacea to Africa's economic development
problems, why is it at a standstill?
- Why Governments Need Access to Computer Networks [Part 2]
- George Sadowsky
- Individuals and organizations working toward international connectivity
for their countries need to demonstrate how having such connectivity will
directly address the needs of government ministries and will contribute
to achieving the development objectives of the country.
- The Environment Price of Oil : Petroleum Resource Development and
the Nigerian Environment
- Adebayo Aina & Tunde Akingbade
- Oil exploration over the years has made Nigeria the seventh largest
producer of oil in the world. The environmental impact of onshore and offshore
petroleum exploitation and development operations is a matter of concern
to the public, government, and the industry in Nigeria.
- Editor's Notes
- New Roles for UNDP
- Running Just to Stay in Place: Water, Health and the Environment
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