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Covid-19: Virus forced us into long-overdue health sector revolution

Covid-19 4 months ago

The pandemic may just have the tiniest of silver linings, in that it forced greater public private partnership, highlighted the under-investment in healthcare, and increased international collaborative efforts in treatment and research.


31 Jul 2020
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Covid-19: Virus forced us into long-overdue health sector revolution

Thousands of ribbons are pictured tied to the St James Presbyterian Church fence in Bedford Gardens, 16 July 2020.  Each morning Silva Cossa, the church caretaker  ties a new set of ribbons, with each ribbon representing a South African Covid-19 death.  As of 16 July 2020, he had tied 4 453 ribbons.  Picture: Tracy Lee Stark 

The Covid-19 pandemic has imposed a necessary revolution in the healthcare sector which has seen resources, knowledge and service delivery improve in unprecedented ways, say industry experts. Public and private sector collaborations in the fight against Covid-19 could result in the South African healthcare sector seeing more formal public private partnerships (PPPs) being established in future, according to Jessica Spira, Business Development Director for the healthcare sector at Rand Merchant Bank. The pandemic has highlighted a common tendency for nations to under-invest in healthcare, and South Africa has had its own far reaching challenges. But the silver lining to this...

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