Africa Knows! It is time to decolonise minds
Panel D20 (1 video; 5 papers, 1 with)
Title of panel:
Health challenges in urbanizing Africa and win-win partnership
While our urbanizing world is facing diseases such as autoimmune, allergies, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, in the rural areas in Africa (and elsewhere) morbidity and mortality as a result of poverty-related and neglected diseases are unacceptably high. The innovative spirit in urbanising Africa, and the strong health sector in the Netherlands, can provide a highly fertile ground for a win-win situation for us both to develop medical solutions. Towards this concept, we will discuss models of cooperation, where we can focus on:
1- shared problems such as diabetes, cardio-metabolic or cancer, largely affecting urban centers;
2- emerging problems such as antibiotic resistance, which does not stop at borders;
3- neglected and poverty related problems such as malaria and TB as well as other parasitic infections that are associated with malnutrition in rural areas.
With this cooperation we expect to contribute to societal (the UN sustainable development goals - SDGs 1, 3, 4, and 6) as well as to economic impact and improvement of welfare in Africa and in the Netherlands. Healthier people at an affordable cost will be consequences that we will achieve together.