Family doctors are the key to improving primary health care in communities
Countries that have well developed primary health care systems are known to have better health outcomes, fewer people in hospital, increased patient satisfaction and lower costs.
Primary health care is where people engage with the health system for the first time. In high income countries this is often with a general practitioner who has postgraduate training in family medicine. But in low and middle income African countries this is most often with a community health worker or nurse.
The challenge with this is few countries in Africa have well developed primary health care systems.