Critical Distance

For people in low- and middle-income countries, emergency care is often the only touchpoint with a health system—and international targets suggest that 80% of people should live within 2 hours of a hospital.

Yet in sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 30% of people live more than 2 hours from emergency care, a recent spatial analysis of public hospitals determined. That figure is likely much higher as the study only recognized the location of hospitals and did not assess availability of trained staff, medication/supplies, or motorized transport. The study highlights a dire need to further assess and improve the region’s access to care.

The Lancet Global Health

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