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Follow the Data Podcast: The Right to Nutritious Food

A local food stall owner sorts fruit at his shop, in Cape Town, South Africa

As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, the challenge of food insecurity has been a constant subject among public health experts. On this episode, the second part in our series about food policy during the pandemic, we meet Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, also known as Dr. T.

A South African doctor and sexual and reproductive health rights activist, Dr. T was appointed the new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health in July. In her role, she studies national practices and experiences with physical and mental health in UN partner countries around the world and makes recommendations on how to ensure the protection of the right to health.

Join us as Dr. T sits down with Luyanda Majija of Bloomberg Philanthropies partner Vital Strategies, a global public health organization, to discuss how Dr. T plans to advance food justice in her new role, the role that food plays in her native South Africa and how the food environment has shifted during COVID-19, and how Dr. T is working with global UN bodies and agencies during the pandemic.

We’d also like to thank both guests who are based in South Africa and recorded this episode for us from abroad.

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