The state of public health in Africa IN THE PINK or IN THE RED?

September 26, 2018

A Media Briefing for Health Journalists from Africa  

November 28-30, 2018 
Kigali, Rwanda

Universal health coverage under the SDGs focuses on providing access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines with financial risk protection. Set against this context, the picture that emerges from Africa appears rather bleak. Over 90 per cent of the world’s malaria cases and 60 per cent of global HIV/AIDS cases are here. Out of 20 countries with the highest maternal mortality ratios worldwide, 19 are in Africa. All this points to very low or almost non-existent access to public healthcare. 

Access to public healthcare remains a major challenge for India as well. Almost 74 per cent of the nation’s doctors are clustered in its cities, catering to a mere 28-30 per cent of the total population. Facing challenges that are very similar, India and Africa may have experiences and learnings to share. 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Down To Earth – in association with Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA) of Kenya, is organising a three-day Media Briefing from November 28-30, 2018 for journalists from Africa who cover environment and health. A special Africa issue of Down To Earth has been released on this occasion.

For details, write to Parul Tewari -  


Souparno Banerjee
Senior Director
Outreach and Publications
Centre for Science and Environment
New Delhi
Phone: 9910864339