The exception of life at birth in African countries is about 35 years compared to about 65 years in developed countries.
The exception of life at birth in African countries is about 35 years compared to about 65 years in developed countries. Improved medical services in African countries have brought most communicable tropical diseases under control. The main danger now probably comes from virus diseases.
SYNOPSIS: In the Ivory Coast, thanks to health centres like these, yellow fever--one of the most dangerous viral diseases--is under control. Out breaks still result in tens of thousands of cases and thousands of deaths in Africa but these vaccinations prevent yellow fever spreading in the Ivory Coast. The children are also inoculated for smallpox--a disease Africa is now almost free of.
Animals also suffer from a wide range of viral diseases. The most widespread and dangerous are rinderpest, blue tongue, rift valley fever, Nairobi sheep disease and New Castle disease.
To try to coordinate Africa's fight against viral diseases in both humans and animals, the first ever international conference on the impact of the diseases on the development of the continent has just been held an Abidjan, the Ivory Coast capital.
Medical experts from Africa, North America and Europe attended the conference. They heard the Ivory Coast's Minister of Public Health and Population M. Jean Baptiste Mockey say in his opening speech that the whole world would be awaiting the conference's conclusions. M. Mockey said any positive results would demonstrate for all time the benefits of international cooperation in medicine.