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Involving a series of unique research and public engagement projects, the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp) aims to explore (and evaluate) ways to generate and communicate knowledge in order to improve responses to migration, health and well-being in the SADC region. Multiple disciplinary perspectives, mixed method approaches, and the involvement of various stakeholders – including migrants themselves – are central.

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TV INTERVIEW: Vaccination of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers

Leaders of social, legal, and academic organisations have come together to call on the South African government to leave no one behind when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccination. The concern is that undocumented migrants are not able to access it. Director of the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) Professor Jo Vearey was recently (on 27 July 2021) interviewed by SABC News about this. Watch the news insert here: About the Author Latest PostsAbout Jo VeareyJo Vearey is an Associate Professor and the

OP-ED: Leave No One Behind: We must urgently address vaccination of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers

South Africa’s civil society and the research community call on Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi to do the right thing and follow international guidelines to ensure the Covid-19 vaccination programme is inclusive.

The call for vaccines for undocumented migrants

Earlier this week Lester Kiewit of Cape Talk’s ‘The Morning Review’ show spoke to Professor Jo Vearey about the call for Covid-19 vaccines for undocumented migrants.

Research on the Move: Exploring WhatsApp as a tool for understanding the intersections between migration, mobility, health and gender in South Africa

In this paper, the authors reflect on a four month pilot project which explored the use of WhatsApp Messenger – a popular mobile phone application used widely in sub Saharan Africa – and assessed its feasibility as a research tool with migrant and mobile populations in order to inform a larger study that would address these challenges.

Covid-19 and People on the Move in Africa

This week’s issue of ACCORD’s Covid-19 Conflict and Resilience Monitor features a piece from ACMS. The article reflects on the impact of Covid-19 on marginalised populations which include migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people (IDPs), who have been some of the worst affected during the pandemic.

Covid-19 and Migration Governance in Africa

This is the second in a series of occasional papers that explore the implications of Covid-19 and responses to the pandemic on migration and for migrant and mobile communities on the African continent.

Explore maHp Research Projects

MoVE projects and public/private distinction

Visual researcher Quinten Williams blogs about the discussions held with MoVE participants regarding which of their images and stories could be shared with an audience outside the projects.

PODCAST: Academic Digest: Exploring cross-border migration policies, ARV treatment continuity

Aldrin Sampear of PowerFM 98.7’s Power Talk/ Academic Digest show recently spoke to maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher Kudakwashe Vanyoro, whose MA study sought to understand the practices that frontline healthcare workers adopt to navigate a space of blurred policy, in relation to migration.

Migration and Covid-19: Emerging concerns with South Africa’s response to the pandemic

This is the first in a series of issue briefs that explores the implications of Covid-19 and the South African response to the pandemic on migration and for migrant and mobile communities in South Africa. 

HIV, mobility and migration

In this research project, the role of contemporary population mobility in mediating the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan African (SSA) is explored and recommendations for action to assist in strengthening responses to HIV – including the call for migration-aware programming – in the region will be made.

Woman is the thread: maHp intern covers the Mwangaza Mama book launch

maHp intern Elena Olivieri blogs about the launch of the Mwangaza Mama project book.

SeaM: Security at the Margins

Security at the Margins – SeaM – was a three-year partnership between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Witwatersrand. Our aim was to use innovative, interdisciplinary methods to explore (in)security on the urban margins in South Africa.  Our partnership was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the South Africa National Research Foundation (NRF).

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