Thursday, May 23, 2024

SADC in dire health straits 

As the Southern African Development Community (SADC) begins to recover from the economic impact of the Ukraine war which has left long-lasting wounds on its member states, the regional bloc is now gearing itself for an unparalleled health-care crisis.

Never before has the United Nations (UN) identified so many member states in the regional bloc as having health-related vulnerabilities associated to universal health coverage.

The WHO Expert Advisory Group examined all countries with low health workforce density and discovered that ten SADC member states “face the most pressing health workforce challenges related to universal health.”

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