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These Are The Worst Healthcare Systems in The World

Health is probably the most important thing for everyone in the world. Over the past 50 years, there have been rapid improvements in world health care. It changed significantly and decreased the number of possible deaths worldwide.

On the other hand, the developing countries are still facing challenges in improving their healthcare systems every single day. These improvements could save more than 8 million children who die from preventable illnesses.

Many countries still face poor healthcare systems. They are mostly located in Africa, which is poverty-ridden and dragged behind by the effects of past colonialism, globalization, infrastructure allocation, etc. Each of these countries is ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) according to their health system performance, from 0 to 1. The country with the best healthcare is France with an index of 0.994!

Here are some of the worst healthcare systems in the world.

 Sierra Leone – 0. 00

Believe it or not, the Republic of Sierra Leone has a coefficient of zero! It is bordered by Guinea and Liberia, with the population of about 6 million people. The country still recovers from a civil war that broke out way back in 1991 to 2002, and it goes slowly. Not many people have access to health care in this country.

Pregnant women, for example, have a legal right to free healthcare, but they lack midwives and hospitals. There are 0.002 physicians and 0.4 medical meds for every one thousand people. Also, about 60% of the people who live out of cities don’t have adequate access to clean water. Expected life length is about 55 years, while about 40% of the population is under 15 years. Their main disease is malaria, with low rates of HIV/AIDS. However, many notable efforts have been established to improve their healthcare system.

“If you think about how healthcare is delivered, it’s on an ad hoc basis. Someone comes into a hospital, someone comes into a pharmacy, someone comes into a doctor. But beyond those touchpoints, the patients are on their own. There’s no real continuity of care.” — Christopher A. Viehbacher  

 Myanmar – 0.138

This country was previously known as Burma. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a non-African country. It is in the Southeast Asia, bordered by China, Bangladesh, India, Laos, and Thailand. They spent the lowers possible amount of money on the healthcare in the world and receive the least amount of aid. The average life length here is 50 years, with a quarter of the population under 15 years. However, because of recent changes in the government, the WHR of Myanmar (World Health Report) may be in revision. Recent reports suggest that life expectancy and healthcare should rise soon.

 The Central African Republic –0.156

The Central African Republic is located in Central Africa and is bordered by Sudan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon. This country is highly unstable because different militant groups are fighting for power. Life length is about 49 years. There also many sanitation problems, lack of clean water, as well as poverty. For example, diarrhea is one of the major causes of death in children under five years.

 Democratic Republic of Congo – 0.171

This war-torn country has been a ground for many conflicts for many years. Congo is bordered by Angola, Zambia, and South Sudan. Life length is expected to be around 48.7 years, with 43% of the population under 15 years old. There are only 0.1 physicians for every 1000 people. There are major infectious diseases like malaria and rabies, and the country’s GDP is about 30 billion dollars, which is about 400 dollars per person.

 Nigeria – 0.176

This is a federal republic that comprises 36 states. It is located in West Africa, and known as “Giant of Africa”. With 174 million people, it is the most populated country in Africa. The average life expectancy is about 52.3 years. This country suffers from a massive lack of nurses and doctors since they all have better opportunities abroad. This “Brain Drain” phenomenon is devastating to Nigerian people on various levels. Infant mortality presents a problem too since 20% children die before the age of 5.

 Liberia – 0.200

This is an amazing country that is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast. It has about 4 million people and average life expectancy of 57 years. This is the only country in Africa that was colonized by the United States—its largest medical center is actually named after John F. Kennedy, who helped to build the center. Around 43% of the population is under 15 years. There is also a huge wealth inequality. Malaria is one of the biggest problems of the country, with even 43% of children under 5 not receiving any antimalarial treatment.

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