In The News: A Trip to South Africa Seeks to Build Healthcare and Educational Partnerships

In The News: A Trip to South Africa Seeks to Build Healthcare and Educational Partnerships
26
Apr

The Philadelphia Tribune wrote about Dr. Stephen Klasko’s recent visit to South Africa with former UN Ambassador Andrew Young; Joseph Hill, Chief Diversity Officer at Jefferson; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other officials. The trip was part of a delegation to foster trade, investment and educational ties between the U.S. and South Africa.

“It was an honor to travel with Ambassador Young and meet with South African government and business leaders,” said Dr. Klasko. “Through continued dialogue and collaboration, we hope to enhance our bidirectional partnerships with health systems and universities in South Africa to leverage our respective strengths.”

Dr. Klasko with Ambassador Andrew Young

Dr. Klasko with Ambassador Andrew Young

The trip comes at a time when Jefferson, and Philadelphia, are gaining a reputation for innovation and collaboration in healthcare.

“We discussed with health officials how we could create a telehealth platform to reduce disparities between urban and rural areas in Durban,” said Dr. Klasko. “We also looked at how we can leverage our recent grant from the Marcus Foundation on integrative and global health to investigate the merits of traditional African medicine.”

Deputy Vice Chancellor University of Johannesburg and Gauteng MEC of Infrastructure Development with Klasko and Hill

Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Johannesburg and Gauteng MEC of Infrastructure Development with Dr. Klasko and Joseph Hill.