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WHO report highlights Africa's health challenges

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39041.697824.6C (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1088
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Africa will never climb out of poverty unless its devastating health challenges are tackled, says the World Health Organization's first African regional health report. It gives an insight into why Africa has such a heavy burden of disease and premature death and suggests interventions that are known to work within the regional context.

    The continent faces a “silent epidemic” of maternal and child mortality, it says. Of the 20 countries with the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world 19 are in Africa. Africa also has the highest neonatal death rate in the world.

    AIDS continues to decimate the population of Africa, which has …

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