A theme issue “by, for, and about” Africa

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7493.684 (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:684
  1. Jimmy Volmink, professor and chair of primary health care,
  2. Lola Dare, chief executive officer,
  3. Jocalyn Clark, associate editor (jclark@bmj.com)
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory 7925, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. Center for Health Sciences Training, Research, and Development International, Ibadan, Nigeria
  3. BMJ

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2005, it seems, is the year of Africa.1 2 As world leaders gathered in Davos to discuss debt relief and pop stars re-released their poverty anthem, the world's attention is drawn to magnificent Africa—a continent of vast cultural and regional diversity and potential but plagued by extreme poverty and disease.

The Roll Back Malaria campaign reports that of the 300 million acute cases of malaria each year around the world (which result in 1 million deaths), over 90% occur in Africa. These mostly affect children under the age of 5.3 A new UN report estimates that more than 80 million Africans will die of AIDS by 2025, and another 90 million—more than one in 10 people on the continent—will become infected.4 Tuberculosis, maternal mortality, domestic violence, and undernutrition pose …

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