African Nations Saving Lives With Free Health Care

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SIERRA LEONE — Women are pouring into hospitals in Sierra Leone since the government waived fees for pregnant women and children. The efforts are having a striking impact, cutting into the mortality rate for pregnant women and reducing malaria death for children. Various countries in sub-saharan Africa have gone to some from of free healthcare and are seeing similar results.

The results in Sierra Leone have been “nothing short of spectacular,” said Robert Yates, a senior health economist in Britain’s Department for International Development, which is paying for almost 40 percent of the $35 million program, with most of the rest coming from donors like the World Bank.

Read more at The New York Times.

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