On December 10, Dr. David Sanders spoke at the CUNY Graduate Center about the progress and challenges in improving health and reducing inequalities in health in South Africa in the two decades since the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela. Sanders is the founding director of the University of Western Cape School of Public Health and an internationally recognized public health researcher and activist. His talk described the “quadruple burden of disease” that South Africa faces infant and maternal mortality, HIV and TB, injuries and violence, and a growing burden of chronic diseases. Sanders also analyzed proposed changes in South Africa’s health care system and the profoundly unequal access to care in the public and privates systems.
The talk was sponsored by the CUNY School of Public Health and the Doctoral Program in Public Health.