Free Healthcare for Africa

In this video, Midge Ure, Save the Children Ambassador and Band Aid Trustee travels to Sierra Leone a year after his involvement in Live8 and Make Poverty History to see whether the promises of world leaders – particularly the promises on free healthcare – have reached the world’s poorest. On his journey he discovers that even small fees for healthcare are beyond the means of the world’s poorest. As a result, they avoid seeking help until it’s too late.

Every year, a quarter of a million children die in Africa, simply because they can’t afford to see a doctor or a nurse. Save the Children UK is campaigning for free healthcare for the world’s poorest children. The lives of hundreds of thousands of children in Africa could be saved each year by abolishing fees for healthcare. What’s more, it would cost relatively little.

Save the Children UK estimates that the lives of 285,000 children in Africa could be saved every year by abolishing healthcare fees. Thousands more children would lead healthier lives without healthcare fees pushing their families into poverty.

To find out more about Save the Children and their campaign for free healthcare in Africa, visit

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