Social Impact Driven Goals
Good Health and Wellbeing
Health is wealth. Without good health, you probably can’t enjoy your life. Your mental wellbeing would be adversely affected. This is not helped by the fact that in Africa the health infrastructure is poor. Due to this, the life expectancy of Africans is rather low compared to the developed nations.
In Africa, the average life expectancy is 63 for males and 66 for females while the world average age of death, instead, is a few years lower at 70.6 years for men and 75.0 years for women according to Statistics. Within the European Union, these are 78.4 and 83.8 years respectively.
A report on the state of Health in Africa of the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that healthy life expectancy (a measure of life expectancy adjusted for years spent with disability) has been increasing in the Region, from 50.9 years to 53.8 years between 2012 and 2015, which represents the highest increase in any WHO region. Additionally, the gap in healthy life expectancy between the best and worst-performing countries in the Region has reduced from 27.5 to 22 years. However, it still shows inequities, with healthy life highest in countries with better economies.
The improvement is fastest in large population countries and in those with high population densities. Additionally, the levels of healthy life in the Region are still very low compared to other regions.
This simply shows that there is unequal access to healthcare on the continent despite minute changes here and there. The underserved African population do not have access to quality healthcare.
Access is still the biggest shortcoming of health care delivery on the African continent. Sadly, below 50% of citizens have access to modern health facilities and governments across the Region spend less than 10% of their GDP on health care according to Stanford School of Business.
Unfortunately, this is not helped by the fact that there is so much pressure on the limited health infrastructure due to the large population.
So, how do the underserved population get access to good healthcare?
There should be equitable access to healthcare for everyone. The question now is how do you improve this access without the funding and attaining a certain standard of living? We at Zwarttech are committed to improving the per capita income and earnings of young Africans who join our various programmes. We already identified that there is a global shortage of IT experts. We on our part recruit and train these Senior IT experts and connect them with the global marketplace. We have international job opportunities that pay far better than local businesses.
We, therefore, link them to these jobs that offer good pay and help them boost their standard of living. This will enable them access to quality healthcare not only for themselves but also for their immediate family and friends. With their improved standards of living, they would visit and afford private medical centres where their services are far better than government-owned hospitals. With this, they would be able to have balanced and robust mental health. The same goes for Zwart Academy, the training offers underserved Africans a lifeline to become something in life by learning IT skills for 6 months and in less than two years, they become junior developers and earn as someone who went to university for 4 years. With this quick IT education, they would be able to afford good medical care.