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Epidemiology and health policy in Africa 

Epidemiology and health policy in Africa
Epidemiology and health policy in Africa

Luis Sambo

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date: 14 August 2020

Chapter 6 describes the epidemiological challenges facing Africa, the way in which the wider determinants of health affect the population, and the wider international context within which health systems developed in recent years. It covers how Africa is facing a disproportionately large share of the world’s burden of disease with a tiny part of its resources, and also how Africans, supported by international partners, have tackled these problems with considerable success. It also discusses how some of the intractable public health challenges and underlying systems’ issues remain serious challenges to be tackled in coming years. It concludes with thoughts on how health in Africa has changed in the last 10 years and the need for a more holistic health systems approach in the future.

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