Traditional African Health Care System News
While many Europeans are found of saying that Africa has universal health care, that could not be further from the truth. In Africa, nearly everything in a private or public hospital must be paid for “on-the-spot.” Some families bring in their own soap, toothpaste, food and bedding to the hospital. The family is ultimately responsible for African medical treatment, along with an undeveloped sector of religious groups, community groups and governmental agencies. In South Africa, nearly 79% of the doctors are in the private sector.
In 2009, community organisations got together to address the under-served elements of South African society. The development of Neighbourhood Old Age Homes is a primary goal of these groups. The population is rapidly ageing and the “Old Persons Act” of 2006 was meant to address the needs of this sector.