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20 April 2023

The second seminar in the Care Economy Series.

The Africa Care Economy (ACE) Index elaborates socialised healthcare in its fifth metric, underlining that public healthcare is the major form of paid care on which the majority in Africa relies to supplement unpaid care in the home and communities. Yet public healthcare in South Africa, and the continent as a whole, is far from universal, and further yet from being socialised, as defined in the ACE Index. What is South Africa’s historical contribution to concepts of social medicine, and universal healthcare? What is the relevance of these concepts to building socialised healthcare in Africa today?

Dr Victor Figueroa presents Community Oriented Primary Care — a timeline of social medicine in South Africa — and is engaged by discussants Daniela Goeieman (Wits) and Prof. Catherine Burns (Wits).