n African Renaissance - The role of National Army Medical Corps in helping African nations meet health care delivery challenges

Volume 3, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The National Army Medical Corps and its personnel have always played pivotal role in the development of healthcare system world-wide. It will be recalled that a French Army Surgeon called Captain Alphonsus Laveran serving in Algeria discovered the malaria parasite in the red blood cells of man in 1880 (1). In 1996,the ant-malarial drug Halofantrine was synthesized by the medical personnel of Walter-Reed Army Hospital, Washington DC, USA in conjunction with SmithKline-Beecham pharmaceutical company (2). As recent as the year 2000, a Nigerian Consultant Anesthesiologist - Brigadier General O Ovadje - invented an emergency auto transfusion blood giving set known as EAT , set for use in operating theatres in developing nations. For this he was given recognition and award by the World Health Organization, United Nations Development Program and the Africa Union. In this paper, I discuss the potential of military health systems in Africa in organized efforts to improve healthcare delivery in the continent. I will use the Nigeria Army Medical Corps as the background for this discussion. However, the role of Military health systems in Africa is similar, especially in those countries that had to rapidly increase their armed forces due to domestic and international armed conflicts.

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