Africa Health

Currently, the second largest continent and also the second largest populated continent; Africa, showcases diversity in all aspects, from culture and language to climate and landscape.  Despite the abundance in natural resources, Africa still remains the poorest and most underdeveloped continent in the world. Malnutrition, poverty, illiteracy, insufficient water supply and sanitation, as well as pitiable health affect a large portion of the population in this continent.

Africa holds 15% of the world population, and more than half of its population lives below the poverty line. The current Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of Africa is 6% while the world TFR is 2%; in recent news, African governments have been paying a great deal of attention to this. Rwanda, in East Africa, recorded 500 unwanted pregnancies among girls aged 10-18 in 2012; owing to this a one-week public campaign to raise awareness about it was launched in the country. Findings also showed that nearly half i.e. 47% of all the pregnancies in the country were unwanted; the Health ministry in response to this started a family planning project. The newspapers have been promoting contraceptive awareness and expanding the contraception options for women. Tanzania is hoping to move forward in Family planning, as President, Jakaya Kikwete, attended the London Family Planning summit, and decided to make the CPR (Contraceptive Prevalence Rate) grow at more than 3% annually so that the country reaches a 60% CPR by 2015. Nigeria, however, is struggling to promote family planning as nearly 60,000 women die of pregnancy complications annually, in their country, and a lot of these pregnancies are unwanted.

All over Africa, nations are awaking to the need for contraceptives and family planning. With a wide range of quality and affordable products and service