Faced with inadequate access to essential treatments, South Africa must prioritise health research and development. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how poor and marginalised South Africans are affected by international factors, and so it is essential to include communities in advocating for better homegrown research and development, writes community activist Ntando Yola.
Yet, according to National Treasury, funding flows for health R&D is a complex process. Public funding of health research in South Africa cuts across many different institutions such as the South African Medical Research Council, the National Health Laboratory Services and the Human Sciences Research Council. Universities and non-governmental organisations also benefit from this funding.
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