Essay on Poverty and Health in Somalia and Africa

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Africa has many issues going on, but the one issue in specific that I am going to talk about is the poverty and health of Somalia, and the whole of Africa. Somalia is the poorest country in the world and they have a very weak health system. Africa is also not doing very well economically. Africa is the poorest Continent in the world. Every single one of the top ten poorest countries is in Africa. First, off I am going to talk about the health system. Here are some quick facts about the health of the people in Africa. The first fact, the average life expectancy is just 51 years. The highest life expectancy rate in Africa is 76.31. The lowest life expectancy in Africa is 49.07 . Also, a third of all children under the age of five are …show more content…
None of them can do anything about it because the government is so bad. That is why other countries are trying to help out Africa. Some of the major diseases in Africa are Malaria. Malaria is a disease spread my mosquitoes. 85% of all malaria cases and 90% of all child deaths from Malaria are in Africa. Other countries like the United States are helping people in Africa protect from mosquitoes that carry the disease. Because of their health system not many people survive these cases because Africa is “under “developed and do not have the cures for many sicknesses. Another disease that is pretty bad in Africa is HIV/ AIDS.A matter of fact, Somalia has the lowest percentage of cases. Only one percent of adults have HIV/AIDS. Another disease that struck most of Africa is Schistosomiasis/ bilharzia. It is a parasite; actually it is a worm that lives inside of your blood vessels. This parasite can get into your body through bad water. A freshwater snail leaves the larvae in the water, then people drink it and the larvae get into their body and so on. An additional reason Africa has such poor health is because they suffer from drought and famine. A reason that they have famine is because they the delivery of food is often restricted by fighting among competing tribes/clans. So, if they can’t get food then they will starve and that is a major deal in Somalia and Africa right now. Due to the reason that the infrastructure of Somalia and Africa is so poor that they

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