A lot of people outside Africa perceive the continent as a hub for killer diseases and the statistics coming out from here do not help in changing the assertion.

  1. Pneumonia

According to official statistics, Pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections are among the leading causes of death in Africa. The disease affects both children and adults and gives its victims very little chance for survival.

Pneumonia is responsible for 90% of lower respiratory tract infection, and is responsible for taking the lives of more than 800,000 people yearly.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

The widely publicized disease attacks the immune system, and therefore prevents the body from fighting harmful infections. Once the immune system of the body is broken, it cannot stand or defend itself against infections.

There are more than 33 million people infected with HIV/AIDS and 65% of this people are from sub-Saharan Africa.

  1. Malaria

Malaria affects more than 500 million people usually, causing between 1 and 3 million deaths.


  1. Diarrhea

In Africa, diarrhea is so predominant that it is responsible for 8% of all death in Africa. Diarrhea is a common disease in Africa because of high rates of malnutrition.

  1. Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is one of the major diseases in Africa that kills after a long period of inflicting an exhausting condition on the victim.

Immunization, allowing proper ventilation, adequate diet, and good personal hygiene are some of the sure ways to prevent tuberculosis.


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