International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 63, Issue 9, pp 1015–1016 | Cite as

Health challenges and perspectives for sub-Saharan Africa

  • Michele RubbiniEmail author
  • Tjama Tjivikua

Recently, the WHO circulated a note that re-proposes the Nursing Now campaign, which highlighted the fundamental role of the Nurses and Midwives in improving health on a global scale through health care, health systems governance and training actions ( Accessed April 26, 2018). A few weeks before The Lancet had published the report of the Commission on the Future of Health in sub-Saharan Africa (The Lancet Commissions 2017). There, the situation of sub-Saharan Africa is described with great care and precision: it transpires, in the first place, that such as a history of resource exploitation and colonization has left deep failures in economic and social structures, and that to this day, they heavily affect the health of the populations. The tumultuous growth of the last decade, characterized by a malevolent and clumsy attempt from high-income countries to transfer the global Western system to Africa, has not led to overcoming these...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental MedicineUniversity of FerraraFerraraItaly
  2. 2.Namibia University of Science and TechnologyWindhoekNamibia

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