Determinants of government spending on health in Africa.

There are different factors influencing government spending on health globally. In Sub-Saharan Africa, a recent study has shown that government commitment to health in terms of spending exhibits significant variability across the continent.

As the world pushes towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is imperative for countries to stimulate the growth of the health sector to attain health-related SDGs.

This is even more important in Sub-Saharan Africa where most of the health indices are far from global targets.

For example, per-person health spending is highest in Namibia at $651 in 2017 purchasing power parity dollars and lowest in Central African Republic at $4 in 2015, a new study by Angela E Micah and colleagues found.

So, what then are the trends and drivers of government spending on health in Sub-Saharan Africa ? Even more importantly, what are the implications of the findings from the study by Micah and her colleagues for the future of domestic funding of health on the continent?

Read Micah and colleagues findings on Trends and drivers of government health spending in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1995–2015 to learn more.

Samuel Abiona

Samuel Abiona

Samuel Abiona is a medical doctor by training and a writer by passion. Samuel holds a postgraduate degree in Public Health. He believes that communicating medical knowledge goes beyond writing technical reviews. Samuel thus uses his expertise in public health and health systems research to transmit technical information for both academic and general audience. Please email to contact this author directly or use the contact page and your information will be passed on to him.