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COVID-19’s impact on overall health care services in Africa - undermining years of progress fighting other deadly diseases

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  • COVID-19’s impact on overall health care services in Africa - undermining years of progress fighting other deadly diseases

    Source: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/afric...ces-in-africa/

    COVID-19’s impact on overall health care services in Africa
    Leo Holtz Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    Africa in Focus

    In addition to directly causing the deaths of at least 200,000 people in Africa, the COVID-19 pandemic is also disrupting critical health services and undermining years of progress fighting other deadly diseases, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis (TB), and malaria, which continue to be the leading causes of death in the region. In order to better understand the extent of this impact, a
    recent report by The Global Fund utilizes data from urban and rural health care facilities in 24 African countries and seven Asian nations to investigate and compare the spillover impacts of the pandemic on essential health care services for HIV, TB, and malaria.

    In 2020, access to health care services declined significantly throughout the world compared to 2019. The authors attribute this unprecedented decline in patient attendance to challenges facing both medical facilities and the patient community (Figure 1). For patients, the fear of contracting COVID-19 from their visit was the most cited reason for not seeking medical care. The inability to reach health care facilities due to disruptions in public transportation and stay-at-home orders was also a prominent challenge for patients looking to access health care—a problem, according to the authors, that has been more relevant for urban residents...
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