oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - Does Africa need another journal? : editorial

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5127



Africa is the only world region unlikely to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. At best Africa could hope to do so by 2050! To achieve these goals by 2015 the continent requires one million additional health care workers. These startling facts paint a very bleak picture of access to basic health care in Africa. Indeed, data from a recent World Health Organization publication show that Africa has the highest burden of disease relative to the available workforce globally. We live on a continent that experiences 24% of the global burden of disease, while having only 2% of the global physician workforce.

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