Africa can solve its own health problems

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7352.1525 (Published 22 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1525

Africa needs less globalisation and more real assistance …

  1. Bosede B Afolabi (dokitano@onebox.com), lecturer
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, PMB 12003, Lagos, Nigeria
  2. Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

    EDITOR—The only part of Ncayiyana's editorial with which I agree is the end, when he talks about the need to restore a critical mass of African researchers.1 In the second paragraph, with one sweeping statement (“Granted, Africa's legacy of particularly exploitative colonial occupation by European powers is partly to blame”), he pushes aside centuries of slavery, colonialism, oppression, and neocolonialism; he clearly does not quite understand the psychological and sociological implications of the effects of Western domination on the situation in most African countries. With his exposition of World Bank capitalist ideologies and his quotation of obvious statements by a British minister, his ideological bent becomes clearer.

    Africa must certainly pull itself out of its political and economic doldrums. Our leaders have squandered our resources and oppressed us …

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