n African Journal of Psychiatry - Telepsychiatry in Africa - a way forward? : guest editorial

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



The burden of disease in Africa is great, its people are poor and there is an extreme shortage of health professionals. Over half of sub-Saharan Africans live on less than US$1.00 (purchasing power parity) a day, and in rural areas. As a result, the tax base in most countries is small and government spending on healthcare provision is low. Access to, and the standard of, medical care is largely dependent on income and geographic location. Furthermore, it is forecast that the population of Africa will double over the next forty years, exacerbating the problem.

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