This book analyses the first two years of South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic, from its emergence in early 2020.
Drawing on the perspectives of a range of public health experts, economists and other social scientists, and development practitioners, this book argues that understanding this early response will be essential to moderate and improve future policy thinking around health governance and epidemic readiness. This book provides a systemic analysis of not only the epidemiological progression of COVID-19 in South Africa, but also the socio-political factors that will be key in determining the future of the country as a whole, including health system challenges, socio-economic disparities and inequalities, and variable (often contradictory and tardy) policy responses. Overall, this book exposes Manichean thinking and the spurious policy dichotomies that pitch public health against human rights, economic recovery against viral vector control, and science against ideology, with lessons not just for South Africa, but also for elsewhere on the African continent, and beyond.
This book will be perfect for researchers and practitioners across Public Health, Health Policy, and Global Health, as well as those with an interest in South African politics and development more generally.
The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.
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- The rough and the smooth: South Africa’s uneven response to COVID-19
- Placing the South African COVID-19 epidemic in a global context
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- Mobilising the public sector to combat COVID-19, and the pandemic’s effect on public sector governance
- COVID-19 vaccines: Triumphs and tragedies
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- COVID-19 and mental health well-being in South Africa: Impact, responses, and recommendations
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