Episode 7

Published on:

19th Aug 2020

South Africa's Covid Response, What went wrong?

With fears increasing that Covid-19 is set to reach full speed in South Africa, this episode explores what went wrong in a country that was praised for having one of the most effective responses at the start of the pandemic.

The South African government has been walking a tightrope of trying to protect an underfunded healthcare system, while also trying to revive a stagnant economy, long hurt by years of corruption. On this episode, we hear from public health expert Dr Kerrigan McCarthy and economost Dr Miriam Altmam. Later on, Dr Anna Paherick from the Blavatnik School joins us to talk about why the school chose South Africa as a case study. 

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Oxford Policy Pod
A policy podcast from students at the Blavatnik School of Government
A bi-weekly policy podcast based out of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The Oxford Policy Pod explores pressing policy issues around the globe and is produced by students reading for a Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.

The podcast explores contemporary policy challenges that policymakers face all over the world, and taps into the rich diversity of policy experience and insights of the student body and faculty.

The executive producer for season 3 is Lian Ryan-Hume. The show is hosted by Sruthi Palaniappan, edited by Allisha Azlan, produced by Jessica Krejcie, and researched by Manuel Azuero, Veniecia Laylor, Nandita Venkatesan, Paolo Tejano, Adam Flaherty, Mayra Gramani, Frédérique St-Jean, and Laura Caccia.

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