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date: 22 October 2019

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This chapter examines the relationship between health, growth and development in Africa using evidence assembled from micro- and macroeconomic studies over the period 1960–2000. This evidence is briefly compared with situations in other world regions. The period 1960–2000 is unique for Africa’s health profile because of the sharp increase and reversal in the population health witnessed at the time. By the end of 1990s, health indicators for many African countries were approaching or already below the levels for the 1970s. There is need to investigate reasons for such catastrophic reversal in health fortunes in Africa so that policy measures can be taken to avoid human suffering of similar magnitudes in the future.

Keywords: health capital in Africa, health and income, health shocks, health and productivity, determinants and consequences of health

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