Equatorial Guinea, the country enjoying greatest evolution in human capital in all Sub-Saharan Africa

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has just presented an international study, based on rigorous scientific data, which shows the evolution in human capital throughout the world. The resulting data are very positive for Equatorial Guinea, which shows the greatest evolution in the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) from the University of Washington is an international organisation, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which was founded in 2017 in order to provide impartial data on global trends in health and evolution, based exclusively on statistical research and evaluation.

On 24th September, through the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, the IHME presented the first scientific study which classifies the various countries according to the levels of human capital. In the presentation of the results of the study it is specified that “the greatest increase in ‘human capital’ among the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa was in Equatorial Guinea”. In order to obtain the final results, the IHME evaluated a series of statistics on our country, such as data on life expectancy (which has been in full, continuous increase), together with mortality data (which has been in decline), in addition to investment in health. On the IHME graphs showing statistics and data on Equatorial Guinea, the astonishing positive evolution can be seen in these data over recent decades. For example, life expectancy for male Equatoguineans has gone from 48 to 64, and for women from 50 to 64.

The concept of “human capital” is demonstrated through the levels of education and health in the population, and it is seen more and more as the most important factor to show real economic growth and the development of a society.

In order to carry out these statistical studies, the IHME worked with data on educational achievement, the quality of learning or education, and the state of functional health, using specific values for each period of time, age and gender for 195 countries, from 1990 to 2016. Educational achievement has been estimated using data from 2522 census reports and questionnaires in people’s homes.

The results of this first study show that in 2016 Finland had the highest level in human capital, while Niger had the lowest. In addition, Turkey is the country that has increased in human capital the most. Other countries with rising levels of human capital include China, Thailand, Singapore, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The study thus consolidates the real situation we are already aware of for Equatorial Guinea, which is one of continuous evolution in economic and social development achieved by the Government of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, and promoted by the Head of State and President Founder of the PDGE, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who turned around the history of our Nation, transforming it from an impoverished forgotten country into one of the states with the fastest levels of economic and social growth.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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