Integrating Africa is the AfDB Group’s blog on regional integration in Africa. It chronicles the issues arising from African countries’ efforts as they work to pool resources and integrate their economies for the development of their regional and individual economies. Read More

Seye Abimbola

Seye Abimbola is a medical doctor and PhD candidate in health systems and policy at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia. He studies the governance of primary health care in low- and middle-income countries.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the BMJ Global Health journal.


Using the high-end health market for regional integration in Africa

The global medical tourism market has been estimated at US $10.5 billion in 2012 and is projected to grow to US $32.5 billion by 2019. While there are uncertainties about the total number of medical tourists globally (as distinct from spa and wellness tourists), increasingly more Africans leave the continent in search of health care, and more tourists visit African countries to receive health care.