Africa’s Demographic Transition: Dividend or Disaster?

David Canning, Sangeeta Raja, and Abdo S. Yazbeck, Editors
A copublication of Agence Française de Développement and the World Bank, 2015

217 pp. 14.1 MB
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The implementation of universal health coverage (UHC) is a priority for global health policymakers, however one element that has received less attention than it merits is the impact of the demographic transition on both resources and service delivery. The new report addresses that gap by taking a population-centric approach towards achieving UHC. Indeed the pursuit of UHC is a multi-sectoral challenge that encompasses education, labour markets, gender, economics and the epidemiological transition, to name just a few. Harnessing the demographic dividend means, first and foremost, empowering women and girls by improving their health, enhancing their human capital through increased investment in education and skills, and providing them with greater market, social, and decision-making power.

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