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Innovations That Have Transformed the Health System in South Africa

Resource type: Research Report

Irwin Friedman |

This report describes the impact of Atlantic’s $178 million investment to improve population health in South Africa from 2004 to 2016.

In the early 2000s, South Africa was gripped by quadruple epidemics: (1) escalating HIV and AIDS infections and deaths; (2) maternal and child disease; (3) non-communicable conditions and diseases; and (4) deaths from injuries. In response, Atlantic launched an ambitious program to improve the health and well-being of the country’s most vulnerable citizens.

This evaluation report found Atlantic made an important contribution to improving health conditions through its targeted investments to train health professionals for areas that needed them most, strengthen primary health care at the district level where most of South Africa’s care is delivered, and amplify the voices of South Africans to advocate for better health care.

The report also describes lessons learned from Atlantic’s work that may be useful to other funders seeking to invest in system-wide change.

Atlantic commissioned this report.

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