Since gaining independence in the 1950s, Tunisia has prioritised the development of its health care system and has introduced basic services to a large share of its population. Nevertheless, the system is currently in need of pressing reforms to improve the quality of its services, particularly in the public sector. To this end, a reform announced by the government in March 2019 is set to overhaul the system and strengthen Tunisia’s position as a medical centre for Africa. Structure &…
Health & Education
From The Report: Tunisia 2019
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With a growing demand for services from both nationals and foreigners, the health sector remains a crucial pillar of Tunisia’s economy. The country’s low health care costs are a key competitive advantage, attracting patients from Africa and Europe. However, many challenges need to be addressed before the sector can realise its full potential. To this end, the raft of investments is expected to improve the quality and provision of care. As enrolment rates decline due to social and demographic changes, the education sector must shift its focus to raising the standard of teaching, ensuring young people remain in education and improving student performance. The demographic transition may also help to ease graduate unemployment rates, acting as a catalyst for changes to education policy. This will prove essential to matching graduate qualifications to the needs of the job market. This chapter contains interviews with Sara Masmoudi, President, National Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industries; and Houbeb Ajmi, Regional CEO, Honoris Group.