“It is worth noting that while Africa has only 11 per cent of the world’s population and 24 per cent of the global burden of disease, it has a mere three percent of the world’s health workers,” she said.
Dr Guerma rooted for the strengthening of community health workers through training and remuneration to bridge the shortfall and improve access to health care.
She disclosed that Amref Health Africa has adopted technology to speed up the rate of training for nurses and other health workers through e-learning to bridge the deficit. The organisation has so far trained about 12,000 nurses in Kenya through the initiative.
Dr Mandlhate stressed the need for research to facilitate a good understanding of Africa’s disease burden and its causes in order to mount an improved response to them.
She said research should prioritize providing