Global health inequity: Beyond talks, here’s what Africa must do

On October 15, 2022, the acting director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Ahmed Ogwell, said he was treated poorly by immigration personnel in Germany. Ogwell was on his way to attend the 2022 World Health Summit (WHS) in Berlin. The age-long question of “why are Africans mistreated when they try to attend global health programmes that concern them” comes up again.

This trend needs urgent attention as it contributes to deepening global health inequity. To address this problem, African health stakeholders must send a strong message to the perpetrators of global health inequity. They must insist that fairness comes to bear when deciding where international health conferences should occur. Also, African governments must work to improve the continent’s health systems so that reliance on non-African countries will reduce.

On behalf of African health workers, influential leaders, including country presidents in the continent, must boldly condemn acts of global inequality. The African Union (AU) must lead this approach…..

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