Angol The National Health System

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Erica Angelo
PLSC 358
Neu
24 April 2015
Angola: The National Health System Africa, the world’s most-largest and second-most-populous continent, is also home to some of the world’s poorest countries. Many of these developing countries lack a stable economy which translates into the individual lives of their citizens. Since many of these countries have an unstable economy with a combination of a corrupt government and corrupt government officials (for example; money laundering amongst oil companies in Angola), they are unable to obtain access to the proper education, there is an absence of a functioning government, they have little to no access to clean and safe water, and the proper medical treatment and treatment facilities are very
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They are unable to receive the proper vaccinations and antibiotics and are not properly being taken care of. The access to treatment facilities and doctors are very scarce. In order for most people to receive medical attention, they would have to walk great distances in order to be seen by a physician, and even when they do arrive at a facility, the probability of being seen by a physician is slim to none. In 2009, there were about 0.17 physicians per 1,000 people (The World FactBook). If these individuals are lucky they may have access to a medical center that is set up by an international aid organization such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Amnesty International, UNICEF, etc. An estimated 700,000 people still live in areas where it is difficult to receive access to medical treatment (World Health Organization). A majority of the physicians in Angola are concentrated in the capital of Luanda but even in the capital there is a great shortage of medical personnel (doctors, nurses, midwives and other specialists) because of the lack of education within Angola. With limited access to vocational training and higher education, the amount of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel staggered. “In 2006, the World Health Organization identified Angola as one of 57 countries with a critical deficit in the supply of skilled health
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