The world’s poorest nation, Africa, has become one of the hottest destinations for people seeking treatment for Fema, a deadly virus that has gripped the region for years.
But for the past few years, it has been harder to get help.
A recent review by the Commonwealth Bank, published in the journal Australian Financial Services Review, found that Fema infections were at record levels.
The review said that while there was evidence that there was a connection between increased Fema infection rates and the economic downturn, “no evidence exists to show that the FEA is causing an economic downturn”.
This was partly because there were no specific economic indicators or data available, making it difficult to track whether or not people were suffering.
Fema outbreaks have been particularly acute in the western region of South Africa.
In February this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported a whopping 9,813 new cases.
The virus has devastated many communities, including many in the rural, largely Christian South African townships.
The WHO’s director-general, Margaret Chan, said that the region was “one of the most impacted regions in the world” in the wake of the disease.
The report also found that South Africa’s health system was in shambles.
“The FEA situation in South Africa is deteriorating at a rapid rate and is in serious need of urgent action,” the report said.
“In addition to the health system, there is widespread damage to the economy, and an ongoing decline in public investment.”
The report said that South African banks were struggling to service debts owed to the state.
This meant that the value of the national debt had plummeted to a level not seen since the 2008 global financial crisis.
South Africa has been able to escape the economic crisis because of its long-standing economic relationship with the World Bank.
South African Finance Minister Zweli Mkhize said that he believed the government would soon be able to meet its deficit target.
“We are very optimistic, because we have been able for years to meet our deficit target, and that is something that we will be able and we will continue to be able,” he said.
In a statement, the government said that it had recently increased funding for health services, including by $2 billion over four years.
South Africans who do not have access to health services are struggling to make ends meet, while others struggle to pay bills, the report found.
But there were still many South Africans struggling to cope.
Dr Natalie Nwengo, the executive director of the South African Medical Association (SAMS), said that many South African doctors were struggling with the FEMA crisis.
“Many doctors are not able to see patients,” she said.
Many of the doctors who work with Fema patients in South African hospitals are also struggling to pay the bills.
“There is no doubt that many people are living on the brink,” she added.
“For many, this is the biggest crisis in their lives.”
As the crisis deepens, so too does the pressure on medical facilities.
A review by PricewaterhouseCoopers, published last month in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, found a growing number of hospitals in the country have been under severe financial pressure, as a result of the virus.
The hospital industry is also in the crosshairs.
The government is seeking to introduce a tax on hospitals that operate in rural areas.
And the World Food Programme is calling for a cut in hospital services.
Dr Sibylle Kwan, the WHO’s South Africa coordinator, told the BBC that the health sector needed to be treated as an integrated whole, and not a “fringe” in a world that has “very complicated systems”.
She said that governments needed to help the medical system by improving the supply chain, and reducing administrative costs.
“People should not be in a position where they have to choose between getting the care that they need and having enough money to do what they need to do.”
The WHO said that its recent review found that the South Africa economy would be able “to survive” if it improved its economic position and increased the number of health professionals.
But in its most recent economic outlook, the agency said that if it did not do this, “the South African economy could become exposed to substantial risks from the onset of an FEA pandemic, which could have severe economic and social consequences”.
What the government needs to do in the short term to ease the financial pressure is to reduce the number and scope of the medical staff working in rural communities.
Dr Kwan said that this could be achieved by providing health workers more professional training and better training for rural doctors.
“When we have medical staff who have training and skills that are in place and have experience in a variety of different fields, that’s the type of training that we can get in South Africans,” she told the ABC.
Dr Hala Lhokwane, the director- general of the World Medical Association