Africa has the potential for investment in  health physicians

Africa has plenty of opportunities  for investment in health as the medical personnel and health infrastructure are inadequate for African population of over 1 billion. All African countries have less than one physician per 1000 people with exception of Eqypt, Libya, Seychelles, Algeria, Tunisia and Mauritius. Therefore most of the people in Africa do not have access to trained physicians.

Statistics of physician per 1000 people

COUNTRYPOPULATIONHealth physicians per 1000 peopleYear taken
(‘000)
EGYPT852942.82010
LIBYA60021.92010
SEYCHELLES911.52004
ALGERIA380881.22010
TUNISIA108361.22010
MAURITIUS13221.12004
SOUTH AFRICA486010.82011
LESOTHO19360.72007
MOROCCO326490.62010
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE1870.52004
NAMIBIA21830.42010
NIGERIA1745080.42010
BOTSWANA21280.32010
CAPE VERDE5310.32010
EQUATORIAL GUINEA7040.32004
GABON16400.32004
SUDAN348480.32010
ANGOLA185650.22009
COMOROS7520.22004
DJIBOUTI7920.22010
KENYA440380.22011
MADAGASCAR225990.22010
SWAZILAND14030.22009
BENIN98770.12010
CAMEROON205490.12009
COTE D’IVOIRE224010.12010
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO755070.12004
ERITREA62340.12004
GHANA252000.12010
GUINEA111760.12010
GUINEA-BISSAU16610.12010
MALI159690.12010
MAURITANIA34380.12010
REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO44930.12010
RWANDA120130.12010
SENEGAL133000.12010
TOGO71540.12010
UGANDA347590.12010
ZAMBIA142220.12010
ZIMBABWE131830.12009
BURKINA FASO1781302010
BURUNDI1088802004
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC516702009
CHAD1119302004
ETHIOPIA9387702010
GAMBIA188302010
LIBERIA399002010
MALAWI1677802010
MOZAMBIQUE2409702010
NIGER1689902010
SIERRA LEONE561302010
SOMALIA1025202010
SOUTH SUDAN1109002013
TANZANIA4826202010
TOTAL1098635

Health Sector Investment opportunities

The investment opportunities in various countries is summarised as follows;

Burundi
Kenya
Rwanda
Tanzania
Uganda

References;-

  1. World Health Organization’s Global Health Workforce Statistics, OECD, supplemented by country data (Physicians per 1000 people)
  2. John Dau Foundation’s South Sudan Clinic Statistics On Healthcare (South Sudan)
  3. Physicians density (Physicians/1,000 population) 2013 Country Ranks (Seychelles and Sao Tome and Principe)
  4. Gabon Physicians density (Gabon)
  5. Science in the developing world: Eritrea’s shattered science (Eritrea)

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