HealthcarePapers 21(3) July 2023 : 31-35.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2023.27194

The Global North Culture as a Palimpsest

Mantoa Mokhachane, Nkosinathi Maluleke and Ayesha Jacub


This is a reflection from three Black South African doctors – two women and a man. We studied at the institution that we are currently working in, which is a former white university that was not permitted to train Black medical students by the apartheid government. We experienced the segregation in healthcare and witnessed how our communities did not have access to it. The COVID-19 pandemic unearthed major challenges and asymmetries, particularly for the Black race and poor countries. For countries such as South Africa, it brought back memories of the apartheid past with the history of segregation and discrimination.



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