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Ebola: WBFA stresses importance of stronger health systems


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Wellbeing Foundation Africa, WBFA, has noted that the current Ebola outbreak in the intersection of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, does not come at much surprise, when one considers that Liberia and Sierra Leone have the worst doctor-patient ratios in West Africa.
Currently, the WBFA notes, the doctor-patient ratios in Liberia and Sierra Leone stand at 86,275-to-1 and 45,588-to-1 respectively.

“This deadly pandemic should serve as a wake-up call to all actors in global health, from the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, to national governments and aid agencies. The message is clear: weak health systems in poor and developing countries poses a threat to the global community at large, including the developed world.

From the table, it can be seen that issues like this present Ebola epidemic warns us of much bigger problems if the manpower and infrastructural deficits in the healthcare sector in sub-Saharan Africa are not well addressed. The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) continues to advocate for strengthened health systems, especially through the provision of basic resources like the hallmark safe delivery kits (‘Mama kits’) and the innovative, client-held Integrated Maternal Newborn and Child Health (IMNCH) Personal Health Record (PHR) booklet.

Country                  Population    N. of persons per doctor
Liberia                     4.4 million                      86,275
Sierra Leone           6. 2 million                     45,588
Togo                          7 million                         20,057
Benin                        10 million                       18,450
Senegal                    12.8 million                     17,274
Cameroon                20.3 million                   15,082
Guinea Bissau          1.75 million                    14,113
Mali                            15.7 million                    12,161
Ghana                         27 million                      11,634
Guinea                        10. 6 million                  11,277
Cote d’Ivoire              23.2 million                  8,449
Nigeria                        168 million                   2,879
South Africa                54 million                    1,366


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