ActionAid International has revealed that there are only 300 doctors currently working in the whole of Malawi, a country of about 18 million people. According to the organisation, the United Kingdom (UK) has helped to worsening the situation.
The damming revelations make Malawi one of the few countries in the world with the one of the largest doctor to patient ratio. As population statistics estimating the country to have about 18 million people, one medical doctor is expected to save almost 60,000 souls.
“Malawi is under a strong grip of a healthcare crisis. There are only around 300 doctors in the entire country” ActionAid Tax Justice Policy Adviser, Anders Dahlbeck, made the shocking revelations.
According to ActionAid, this is causing the country to register one of the world’s highest mortality rates.
The organization also revealed that Malawi has least number of doctors in the world mainly because “healthcare is so underfunded” particularly because companies especially those from Britain and other Western countries that are operating in Malawi are increasingly avoiding to pay corporate tax.
ActionAid says the companies are using a colonial treaty that Britain signed with its colonial administrators in 1955 that gave UK companies a tax break for eternity. The White Supremacist treaty has remained in place to this day despite Malawi gaining independence in 1964 which made most of colonial engagements in the country redundant.
“If companies paid their fair share of tax, investment in public services could be increased so that women and girls no longer pay the price” ActionAid, concerned about the current situation, said in a petition calling on the British government to scrap off the colonial treaty.
To demand an end to these colonial tax, sign the petition by clicking here or following this link: https://www.actionaid.org.uk/campaign/take-action-to-make-tax-fair-everywhere