Investing in health infrastructure, equipment and human resource can greatly deliver access to health services to the poor. Although a number African governments allocate reasonable financial resources to the health sector, very little impact transforms to actual realisation of access to timely and efficient health services to the poor.
Take an example of life threatening diseases like cancer in a country like Uganda are least focused on. Conditions in the Uganda Cancer institute is pathetic and infrastructure as wards, beds and highly needed equipment are largely insufficient with patients lying across the floor. Alongside the issue of infrastructure is lack of awareness on cancer. Many people do not come for treatment until cancer is in its advanced stages and even then limited attention is given to patients.
Further still, investment in drugs, research and acquisition of equipment that target at early identification and testing of various ailments thus preventing many diseases that often turn out fatal either due to lack of early testing and treatment or availability of equipment to treat patients can greatly improve access to health services to the poor.
Lack of sufficient focus on health continue to cause devastating results in maternal mortality rates, malaria deaths and other diseases that would long have been eradicated on the continent. A healthy population is bedrock for development as less is pent on funerals and treatment.
Statistics have shown that Africa loses billions of USD dollars in Corruption annually. These are funds that most likely are targeting at improving infrastructure; roads, water connections, schools, hospitals and services; education, health, water, and directly supporting communities to eradicate poverty.
Lost funds to corruption also destabilise the economy of many states making positive development unattainable and increasing the existing income inequalities. All this add up to people’s failure to meet their basic needs like adequate housing, access to clean water, sanitation and food security. In accessible health services further compound the situation as conditions that can be eliminated such as maternal mortality rates among women is difficult to fight and saving death of under five children becomes difficult.
The cost of corruption in essence is continued violations of economic social cultural rights of the poor populations in Africa. This has to stop.
CESCRA is a regional non-governmental organisation working to advocate for the economic social cultural rights in Africa. CESCRA promotes initiatives and strategies that promote best practices that address economic social cultural rights. Engage in campaign to encourage African states to focus implementation of ESCR as a prerequisite to sustainable development.
CESCRA Believes in working with communities, government line ministries and institutions, CSOs and engaging the regional mechanisms to achieve her mission.