As part of its drive to meet the eight UN Millennium Development Goals, which include reducing extreme poverty by half and stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS, Equatorial Guinea has committed large funds to improving health standards. Whereas the country spent just 1.6 percent of its GDP in 2005 on health, today it devotes nearly 5 percent annually. At $555, Equatorial Guinea spent more per capita in 2013 on health and healthcare than any other African country, according to the World Health Organization.
The spending has resulted in significant improvements across a multitude of important health indicators, including vast reductions in infant and maternal mortality rates. In 2009, it surpassed its MDG target of halving child malnutrition rates by 2015. Equatorial Guinea has also made critical inroads in eradicating malaria. In just a decade, it has reduced infant and child transmission rates by nearly 70 percent. This year, the country held the first ever clinical trial for a new malaria vaccine called PfSPZ.
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March 30, 2015