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[EP5/6] Social Impact Investing: Focus on Global Health and Wellbeing Challenges

The Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on public health and has disproportionately affected vulnerable communities around the world. As nations continue to navigate their way through this crisis, the necessity of robust healthcare systems and services have become ever more apparent. While ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for everyone has traditionally been a public sector responsibility, the private sector can contribute through impactful investments in certain areas.

In this session, Jasveet Brar and David Halfacre will discuss:
- The role that impact investors can play in addressing health challenges
- The wide array of investment opportunities in the better health and wellbeing space
Recorded Jun 22 2021 23 mins
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David Halfacre, M&G | Jasveet Brar, M&G
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