According to the Report Investing in health for Africa: The case for strengthening systems for better health outcomes published by the Harmonization for Health in Africa: consisting of WHO, World Bank, UNFPA, USAID, UNICEF, UNAIDS, JICA, the African Development Bank, in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health,b“Investing in Health for Africa” argues that Africa’s current economic growth can be improved if concerted efforts are made to improve the continent’s health care systems. The Report says investing in the African health sector could help save millions of lives and prevent life-long disabilities. At the same time, investments in health would accelerate the move towards attaining the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“Healthier is wealthier,” says the 51-page report. “In addition to the fact that there’s an intrinsic value of health and that health is a human right, the economic
case for investing is robust.” According to experts,improved healthcare is essential for sustainable development. Healthy citizens are more productive, earn more, consume more and work longer, all of which have a positive impact on the Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) of a country. “Better health also reduces the financial costs of health care for the family, the community, the private sector and the government.”
HEALTH STATUS OF WOMEN IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Gender inequity, poverty among women, weak economic capacity, sexual and gender-based violence including female genital mutilation (FGM) are major
impediments to the amelioration of women’s health in the African Region. To ensure that women and men have equal access to the necessary opportunities to
achieve their full health potential and health equity, the health sector and the community need to recognize that women and men differ in terms of both sex and gender. Because of social (gender) and biological (sex) differences, women and men experience different health risks, health-seeking behaviour, health outcomes and responses from health systems. Furthermore, gender social stratifications have resulted in unequal benefits among various social groups of women and men as well as between women and men. Hence, continued support to Member States to roll out the Women’s health strategy and its resolution, and integrating gender into health policies and programmes have been the major achievements.”
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
According to a report titled Health and Well-being of Young People in Sub-Saharan Africa, compiled by Caroline W. Kabiru, Chimaraoke O. Izugbara and Donatien Beguy, “persons aged 10–24 years comprise about 33% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa . While other countries in the developing world will experience a decline in the proportion of their
population that comprises youth, sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will continue to experience an increase . The youth bulge in many African countries stems from high fertility and improvements in child health. As these youths become older and have fewer children,
an increase in the productive labor force (15–64 years) relative to dependent populations of children under age 15 and older adults can provide an opportunity for rapid economic growth, otherwise known as the “demographic dividend.”  Evidence shows that fertility rates in the region have declined in the past three decades, albeit more slowly in recent
years . However, for the region to take advantage of its youthful population and reap the demographic dividend stemming from a large working age population, African governments must ensure that youth have adequate opportunities and skills to engage meaningfully in the social and economic sectors, and adopt healthy behaviors . Majority of sub-Saharan African youth are growing up in a context of widespread poverty, high rates of unemployment, rapid urbanization, often limited educational opportunities, and rapid socio-cultural transformations characterized by weakening social controls and breakdown of traditional norms [5-8]. These challenges have far-reaching implications for the health and wellbeing of youth and for the potential contributions of youthful populations to the
economies of African nations.”
HOW MAADILI’s 3-DAY WELLNESS & LEADERSHIP RETREAT FACILITATES PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION
Today, Medical Doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illnesses.
Maadili’s 3-Day Retreat offers you a five-step exploration of Mind-Body-Energy Medicine.
Benefits to individuals attending the full course include the attainment of knowledge, skills and tools for honing personal and collective leadership skills in the areas of self-discovery, self-awareness, selfconsciousness, self-actualization and self-mastery.
Benefits to employers and families include improved human relationships, increased creativity & productivity, reduced medical bills, happier family & work environments.
All this is, therefore, about How to Attain Conscious Leadership & Healthy Lifestyles – Mind Body Spirit, at the Individual as well as at The Collective Levels. Below is the Course Outline:
• Module 1: Know Yourself – Mind Body Spirit Your Chopra Centre-Certified Perfect Health Instructor will introduce the Foundational Principles of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga. The Mind Body Type Questionnaire (Dosha Quiz) is used as a tool towards self-discovery, self-monitoring and selfmastery.
• Module 2: Food As Medicine – this Session takes you on an exploratory examination of various food products, showing you how to select the most nurturing foods for your Dosha/Mind Body Type.
• Module 3: Daily Rejuvenation, Renewal – You will acquire knowledge, skills and tools on how to eliminate toxins that accumulate in the mind and body, how to introduce gentle rejuvenating practices and techniques to relieve stress, as well as what kind of personal daily routine will help you to balance your health and wellness.
• Module 4: How to Attain Emotional Freedom – You will learn how to attain emotional freedom as the key to your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. You will also learn how to practice conscious, non-violent communication to obtain win-win, relationship outcomes.
• Module 5: Inner Pharmacy – You will learn How to harness the healing power of your five senses – sound, touch, sight, taste and smell. You will also learn how to strengthen the body’s inner pharmacy by using each of the senses to heal and balance your mind body.
• Closing Session: Pledging of Strategic Personal and Collective Visions, Action Plans at a
Graduation Ceremony, Complete with Certificates of Attendance – During each of the 5
Modules, Participants are encouraged to reflect upon and jot down the Actions that they are
willing to Commit to doing things differently in order to live in a space of Mindful Awareness, Self-Consciousness & Self-Mastery in order to transcend their past realities and create a new personal reality for their lives. By the end of the 3-Day Retreat, a participant is expected to have developed a Personal Vision Statement – which covers all aspects of their lives – personal health, happiness, finance, love, family life, spiritual life, community life, etc. This forms the basis of their Personal Action Plans, complete with Indicators for Monitoring Progress. It has been demonstrated that one of the greatest challenges to effecting behavioral life changes is the lack of a Personal Vision and Action Plan. Once this is achieved and a person makes a Commitment to adhere to it, it is already a huge step towards personal and collective transformation. Needless to add, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So, it is usually most helpful for Participants of
this 3-Day Retreat to have some kind of peer and/or organizational support in implementing
their Personal Visions and Action Plans. The results can be phenomenal.