Urban health in Johannesburg: The importance of place in understanding intra-urban inequalities in a context of migration and HIV

Joanna Vearey, Ingrid Palmary, Liz Thomas, Lorena Nunez, Scott Drimie

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Abstract

Developing country urban contexts present multiple challenges to those responsible for ensuring the good health of urban populations. These include urban growth, migration, informal settlements, intra-urban inequalities and - in some cases - high HIV prevalence. Using Johannesburg as a case study, this paper explores the complexities of the urban context by comparing the social determinants of urban health between migrant groups residing in the inner-city and a peripheral urban informal settlement. It is argued that any attempt to improve the health of urban populations in the context of migration and HIV requires understanding that 'place matters'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-702
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Informal settlement
  • Migration
  • Urban health
  • Urban inequalities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health (social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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