Healthcare is a key discussion surrounding human happiness and development. Without proper healthcare systems to help facilitate good health, our plans can only mean so much. And while good health is a right for all human beings, women in sub-Sahara Africa face several socio-economic factors that impede their access to quality healthcare.
Finances play a huge role in this issue. The lack of stable or low income causes most women in Africa to live pay-check to pay-check. It makes setting money aside for healthcare hard because they have to prioritize other basic needs like food and shelter before their health. So while they have the right to health, access to quality healthcare becomes hard when money is not enough or available at all.
The situation worsens when healthcare facilities are not even available. Most developing nations in sub-Sahara Africa are yet to have proper healthcare systems. Public healthcare facilities are not enough to meet the needs of the population neither do they have the required infrastructure as well. Apart from that, another contributing factor is human resource. The alternative then becomes private healthcare which tends to have most of the above-mentioned resources. However, this is usually expensive for the average woman in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sometimes, accessing health facilities also become an issue because of distance. While this is not the case in big cities, many towns and village clusters have to share a health facility that they have to travel many miles to access. Furthermore, such facilities may have one or two professionals to attend to thousands of patients. This insufficiency affects the quality of delivery of healthcare.
But finances, the lack of facilities, and the location of available healthcare facilities are not the only factors that hinder women’s access to healthcare. Some women are too busy to think of health or even to prioritize it. Others are simply ignorant about the importance of healthcare. Worrying, right?
This past mother’s day, Fleri partnered with Axocheck Nigeria to do their bit to help curb this issue through an initiative dubbed the Diaspora Mother’s Day Health Drive. The goal of this program was to tap into the diaspora to solve health issues on the continent and we are glad to say this was a success. Between the 21st - 23rd of May, seventeen African health professionals in the diaspora gave virtual health evaluations to over 40 women in Ghana and Nigeria. The process was really simple as anyone could easily sign up their mother or mother figure up by filling a form and the healthcare professionals also volunteered by doing the same. The evaluations were then conducted in forty minutes to one hour over Zoom or Whatsapp calls. While this initiative in no way solves the issue of healthcare on the continent, this was done to get these women to be conscious of their health and take the necessary steps where necessary.
Fleri believes that every woman deserves easy access to quality healthcare regardless of educational, financial or social status. That is why we partnered with Axocheck, an e-health solution provider. Through the Axocheck app, you can schedule appointments with healthcare professionals anywhere you are at any time. With a few clicks on your phone, you receive world-class healthcare in the comfort of your own home. What is even more interesting is that you can book visits for yourself or your loved ones.
The future of healthcare service delivery is changing around the world and Africa will certainly not be left behind.