logo

The 10 Worst Countries in the World For Health Care

Republic of Sierra Leone
Republic of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has the dubious distinction of being the worst country in providing healthcare to its citizens, with a score of 0.00 on the WHO health systems performance index. It is an African coastal country bordered by Guinea and Liberia, and has a population of almost 6 million. The country was devastated by civil war, but is now slowly rebuilding itself into a stable democratic country. During the war, medical facilities in the country were looted and destroyed. This, along with most people living in rural areas, means that very few people in Sierra Leone have access to health care coverage. Pregnant women have the legal right to free health care but the country is unable to provide it. There are only about 22 physicians for every million people, and about 60% of the rural population does not have adequate access to clean drinking water. Life expectancy at birth is about 54 years. About 42% of the population is under 15 years old. Malaria is a disease of huge concern to the country. Many joint efforts with other countries are being undertaken to raise the level of health care and the standard of living.

Share SHARE