Culture, Poverty and Education

CdcAfrica’s slogan: “healthy people with health minds constitute a health society” says it all. Culture and education are evolving but not poverty. The least of a list of hundred rich people is considered poor at least by the one who tops the list. This thinking can be related to health as well. UN health ranking report (2000) of healthy nations (including health delivery and performance) ranks the US among 190 countries at 37 closely behind Costa Rica and before Slovenia and Cuba. The list closely reveals (considering rankings) that culture or traditional and religious beliefs as well as geo-political inclination did not enhance the performance of that country’s health system or health delivery nor did democratic governance. Management seems at least to be the only player in this ranking. Whether it is the Islamic republic in Saudi Arabia or, the Autocratic oil-rich Venezuela, Chile with $3360 GDP per capita, or the Orthodox Jews state of Israel, Ancient Greek Country Greece or the old fierce raiders of Nordic. 

As the world leans to globalization and seems to integrate broad ideology among nations to change governing institutions into democratic institutions, admonishing countries to embrace the idea that global warming and its impact are also real, it must not forget to act on the fact that a deteriorating human health in one continent (Africa) could setback any hope of achieving gains in any area of globalization. The world is united to fight poverty, global warming and to promote peace among countries. It must also unite to fight the threat of diseases eradicating a continent!