Authors/editor(s): Adopted from IASC Gender Alert for COVID-19

Health systems across the globe are overwhelmed by rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 patients requiring treatment and hospitalization. Health supplies including protective gears are in short supply, hospital beds are unavailable as hospitals and health care workers struggle to cope with demand of the services. According to WHO, “Africa bears “more than 24% of the global burden of disease but has access to only 3% of health workers and less than 1% of the world’s financial resources”. Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the lowest doctor to patient ratios for example Ethiopia has 0.2 doctors per 1,000; Uganda has 0.12 doctors per 1,000 inhabitants, while South Africa is at 4.3 doctors per 1,000 patients which is a much better ratio.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa

Subject area(s): COVID-19

UN Women office involved in publication: East and Southern Africa Regional Office

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages: 7