One of the most popular explanations for the many problems that face Africa is population growth.
Africa's population has doubled since 1960.
Africa has the highest fertility rate in the world and the rate of population growth is higher than in any other region.
At the same time, Africa faces a social and economic situation that is viewed by many as alarming.
Among the problems that devastate Africa is that of persistent poor health.
Africa has lower life expectancy, higher mortality rates and is affected by more disease and illness conditions than any other region.
Focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, this paper examines the relationship between population growth, poverty and poor health.
While most analyses have focused on population growth as an original cause of poverty and underdevelopment, this paper argues that while both population growth and poor health play a significant role in exacerbating the problem of poverty, they are themselves primary consequences of poverty rather than its cause.
Mots-clés Pascal : Dynamique population, Accroissement population, Pauvreté, Crise économique, Epidémiologie, Etat sanitaire, Morbidité, Mortalité, Nutrition, Afrique subsaharienne, Afrique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Population dynamics, Population growth, Poverty, Economic crisis, Epidemiology, Health status, Morbidity, Mortality, Nutrition, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0364471
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 12/09/1997.