The Discovery Foundation, an independent trust of Discovery, was set up in 2006 as part of Discovery’s BBBEE transaction, with the aim of addressing the shortage of primarily black specialists in South Africa’s healthcare sector. The Foundation aims to invest 75% of its funding in the development of black specialists. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested more than R230 million towards training and support for more than 400 medical specialists and institutions. The grants support academic research and clinical science, sub-specialist training, rural medicine as well as programmes to develop public healthcare resources. For 2019, Discovery Foundation awarded 42 grants to medical specialists working in SA’s healthcare sector to the value of R27 million.
Awards have been carefully selected in effort to strengthen our public healthcare system in areas of need. Selfless, determined and driven to make a difference, these individuals and institutions are all adding to knowledge and excellence in healthcare.
Every recipient of a Discovery Foundation Award aspires to greater heights in improving healthcare − only to achieve their most satisfying reward of all. The smile of a grateful patient, the knowledge of a life saved, and discovering solutions to disease prevention, treatment and cure.
These Award recipients all have a dream of how it could be and are working hard towards this outcome. The Discovery Foundation Awards invested in these recipients and their work contribute to enabling better quality care, greater specialisation and building a network of knowledge and excellence that culminate in a constellation of skills in our rural and public health sectors.
Thank you to each of the remarkable recipients.