While causing colossal devastation, Covid-19 has also presented us with a tremendous opportunity for change – including a radical change in how nations deliver healthcare. This is the view of the World Economic Forum (WEF), home to some of the planet’s most powerful & influential voices.
In the wake of a pandemic which has disproportionately affected the poor & marginalized, the WEF has launched the “Great Reset” – a global campaign to transform capitalism, tackle inequality and revamp how nations engage with their citizen & their environment. Fundamentally, it seeks to radically overhaul the way we live.
Including our ability to access healthcare.
Covid-19 has dramatically highlighted the problem of health inequality, a reality in which poor & marginalized people are up to 8 times less likely to receive the medical care they require – for any illness – than their more affluent counterparts. Even in richer countries, factors such as income & race are key factors which determine one’s access to quality healthcare. Far too often, skin color & income are the prime factors which govern wellbeing.
In a major 2020 study done in major US cities, Covid-19 deaths rates were 8 times higher in racially & ethnically diverse counties than in areas that were substantially white. Moreover, death rates were 9 times higher in the non-white areas. Worldwide, income & race have proven substantial in determining vulnerability to Covid-19 as well as a broad range of other conditions.
Furthermore, more than 32 million of the world’s poorest face being drawn back into extreme poverty because of Covid-19, according to the UN. With the ‘Great Reset’ initiative, the WEF seeks to promote – at a global level – a renewed & revitalized discussion about these distortions.
According to the WEF, systemic inequality – now at historic levels around the world – threatens not only the sustainability of nations but of the planet. Unbridled capitalism has ravaged nations – creating a vicious, two-tiered system of ‘haves’ & ‘have nots’ that is tearing apart societies. For wide swathes of the world, access to fundamental needs such as food, housing, education, employment – even clean air & water – are becoming hopelessly out reach. Without a major revamp of global systems, policies & power structures, our world is on a collision course with disaster.
Pascal Mukadi, Chairman of the Pascal Mukadi Foundation (PMF) believes that the WEF’s Great Reset initiative is timely & highly relevant.
“Our current global order just isn’t sustainable” says Mukadi, a seasoned entrepreneur & philanthropist. “Businesses – in partnership with governments – have sought to make health a commodity. Lives have been cheapened & diminished in pursuit of profits.”
“We need a radical transformation of healthcare. That’s what I’m pursuing here in Africa.”
Through his foundation, Mukadi partners with governments & private sector companies to promote quality healthcare across the continent, including the development of medical infrastructure & youth leadership as well as low-cost maternity support services. Ultimately, he wants to see an African medical landscape which can meet the challenges of the 21st century.
“For far too long, Africa has allowed itself to remain trapped in bondage to global capitalism” warns Mukadi. “This has been not only to the detriment our economies – but to our healthcare & the physical wellbeing of our citizens.”
“The Great Reset is needed. We just need to ensure that it reaches Africa”.
Written by: Mambande Thomas