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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-16

Paediatric challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa

Department of Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto ON M5G 1X8, Canada

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Prof. Robert Hilliard
Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto ON M5G 1X8
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-600X.173846

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The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) project is coming to an end in 2015 and is being replaced by ambitious and aspirational Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although the MDGs have been nearly achieved, this is not true in Sub-Saharan Africa where there is still unnecessarily high infant and childhood mortality and where there are many challenges to providing modern child health care. To achieve the SDGs in the next fifteen years, in low-income countries, national ministries of health and community health leaders will need to set reasonable goals and quality improvement projects. Attention needs to paid to economical, evidence-based effective health care; to education of children and youth and of health professional; health promotion and prevention of illness; a balance between expensive health care in large urban hospitals and community health projects; and most importantly to the social determinants of health. But the SDGs are achievable with coordinated and sustained national commitments and increased financial commitments from Western countries.

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