Healthcare programs are very important. We need to feel that we have something to count on when we truly need help. Healthcare is one of those security concerns that people really need in order to feel protected and to live freely. Some countries have excellent healthcare systems that all of its citizens can get medical treatment free of charge. This however is not true for most nations. A lot of nations still struggle with offering its people a comprehensive healthcare plan that is at least accessible to even the marginalized sector of a nation. Below is the listverse of the countries with the worst healthcare facilities in the world.
10. Somalia and Malawi
These two African nations are both in the same place because of the many parallels between the two. Both have a severe shortage of medical workers and there are also very few hospitals and health centers. Hence, the public have a hard time accessing healthcare is very limited. Both countries have an estimated two doctors for every 100,000 people in the population. Malawi has even resorted to using less qualified staff to tend to patients.
The civil war has deeply affected Angola and its medical program. The health service in Angola is of very low standard and is considered one of the worst in the world. Public services and facilities in the country face the issue of cleanliness, low number of qualified medical workers, and so on. Expats and even the locals often need the care of private health facilities but it is often very expensive. And it doesn’t help that cases of HIV and malaria are constantly rising.
8. Cambodia and Haiti
Cambodia is another country that lacks doctors and medical workers. The hospitals and the tools used also do not meet the criteria prescribed by the World Health Organization. The natives therefore have to travel to nearby Vietnam or Thailand to get medical attention or to the capital Phnom Penh. Haiti on the other hand is also struggling with the same problems that Cambodia faces. And with the damage that the January 2010 earthquake did, the country’s facilities and system is struggling more.
7. Burundi and Iraq
Burundi is another country that is heavily bearing the effects of the civil war. The basic health infrastructures are destroyed and there is a big difference in the number of medical staff and the population. The people do not have access to medical services because they can’t afford it. Iraq actually has a good enough medical program but this all changed when Saddam Hussein’s administration drastically cut funding for public healthcare.
6. Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso endures the same struggles most African nation experience. There is a shortage of medical workers from doctors to nurses and midwives. Because of this, the life expectancy of the people in the country does not exceed past 60 years. There are also prevalent cases of HIV as well as endemic ailments common in African countries.
There were plans to improve the medical structure of Rwanda to reach even the farthest districts of the country but this was all stopped when the 1994 genocide happened. Since then, there had been major development but the country is still having a hard time. The medical facilities still suffer a shortage in medical staff and specialist tools.
4. Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Still, the lack of healthcare personnel is a problem these two countries face. Most professional have sought better opportunities in other countries. In both countries, there is always shortage of the necessary drugs so locals often resort to traditional medicine. Zimbabwe and Mozambique are also plagued by severe HIV, malaria, and cholera cases.
The medical program in Afghanistan is considered one of the lowest standards in the world because of it being heavily underfunded, at less than 1% of the GDP. They have a new health policy but it is mostly unimplemented. Access to public healthcare is not east and skilled medical professionals are very few. Communicable diseases and epidemics are common occurrence.
2. Sierra Leone and Ethiopia
Sierra Leone has been heavily affected by the civil war and unrest that has killed thousands of people. A lot of the medical facilities in the country has been destroyed and looted. In Ethiopia, most of the population live in rural areas so access to health services is hard. Both countries are considered the worst places in the world to give birth as around 60 women die in childbirth.
1. North Korea
North Korea has hospitals and health centers everywhere, but since the economic crisis hit the country, all of them were neglected. The hospitals were also too cold for the patients and the equipment are outdated and no new upgrades were done since the collapse. The hospitals in the country are basically useless and the healthcare nonexistent.