Health systems and policy specialist Amanda Brewer has had her hands especially full during the fight against Covid-19. While the pandemic has been a challenge, Brewer highlights the positives: “In the face of crisis, South Africans can come together for a common goal in the most outstanding and impactful way.” Brewer works with the national health department, developing health policy and working on decision-making structures. Her time is spent improving South Africa’s health sector, making quality, affordable medicines more accessible. Brewer’s strength lies in her experience working in public, private as well as non-governmental healthcare systems. Creating a better healthcare system for every person, regardless of socioeconomic status, is what motivates her. “I have seen that we have incredible scientific and healthcare talent and resources in this country,” she says. “We have the ability to provide equitable healthcare to all through universal healthcare.”
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