Africa's long-term health crisis can only be met with sustained efforts. Organizations such as Doctors Without Borders have been calling for such assistance for decades.
A large number of chronic diseases and other health conditions beset sub-Saharan Africa, causing much higher death tolls than Ebola. Death rates from parasitic diseases (often a reflection of poor water sanitary conditions), infant and maternal injuries, and malnutrition are all an order of magnitude or higher than Ebola. Cultural practices, poor transport and communications infrastructure, and poverty all contribute to the intractable nature of health problems on the continent. But global indifference has played its part.
HIV took nearly 122 lives per 100,000 population in Africa in 2012, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, the figure was 2.6 (in 2010).
Malaria is an endemic killer in Africa, accounting for 62 deaths per 100,000 population. Malaria kills one African child every 30 seconds.