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Health leadership in Africa 

Health leadership in Africa
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Health leadership in Africa
Author(s):

Francis Omaswa

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703327.003.0002
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date: 17 September 2019

Chapter 2 describes the challenge facing African health leaders in stark terms: ‘Until and unless we Africans, individually and collectively, feel the pain and the shame of our condition, we will not have the commitment to take the actions needed to right the situation.’ It describes developments in Africa from the author’s experience over the last 40 years and, in particular, the way in which relationships between donors and African countries has simultaneously helped improve health and slowed down the development of national capacity and systems. This account sets the scene for the following chapters in which individual leaders describe the way they have struggled with this complex relationship as they have worked to improve health in their own countries.

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