Human Health Officials in the East Africa region say they are generally unprepared for a widespread global pandemic. Most of the people in the Eastern part of the continent do not have access to basic health care. So when the threat of the swine flu begins to threaten their part of the continent, there is little to nothing that can help it from spreading.
Most countries around the world have a proportionately significant number of doctors to the number of patients in an area, but in most East African countries that number is only 16 to every 100,000 people.
During a meeting of African humanitarian NGO's, Red Cross personnel, and key diplomats they commented: "We are using Mexico as [a] teaching opportunity to promote planning in this region."