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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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VIDEO: How the governments can deal with immigration during the Covid-19 pandemic?

maHp/ACMS Associate Professor Jo Vearey recently appeared on Newzroom Afrika urging African governments to deal with immigration during the Covid-19 pandemic collaboratively. About the Author Latest PostsAbout Jo VeareyJo Vearey is an Associate Professor and the Director of the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand. She holds an Honorary Fellowship with the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and a Senior Fellowship at the Centre for Peace, Development and Democracy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

OP-ED: Drones, dinghies and an army helicopter – why the state’s new toys won’t help South Africa’s response to Covid-19

According to CMS/maHp director Jo Vearey, Sally Gandar, Rebecca Walker and Francois Venter, the government’s decision to focus on tracking, detaining and deporting migrants as they cross into South Africa is at the expense of the many systemic challenges faced in accessing documentation – including Covid certificates.

How migration-aware was South Africa’s initial response to Covid-19?

UoE student and ACMS/maHp intern Robin Arendse shares a summary of her MSc in Global Health Policy dissertation, which asked the question, ‘How migration-aware was South Africa’s initial response to Covid-19?’.

Statement on Covid-19 and Migration Governance in Africa

Associate Professor Jo Vearey recently presented at the 67th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). Watch and read the full submission here.

PHOTO-ESSAY: The Endless Journey

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) is excited to launch The Endless Journey, a photojournalism project documenting the experiences of migrants with disabilities in South Africa.

Virtual Engagement and Knowledge in Context: Migration Health Research Communications in South Africa during Covid-19

UoE student and maHp intern Rachel Benavides gives a synopsis of her MSc International Development research project titled ‘Virtual Engagement and Knowledge in Context: Migration Health Research Communications in South Africa during Covid-19’, which she conducted as part of her internship at the ACMS.

Explore maHp Research 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.

Examining the use of participatory visual and narrative methods to explore the lived experience of migrants in Southern Africa

In this paper, we explore the opportunities – and challenges – associated with visual research methodologies.

Bua Modiri (2019)

Bua Modiri is Setswana for “speak out worker”. The name was chosen by a group of sex workers during a Sisonke meeting. Participants in this project were asked to focus on messages specific to their occupation.

Policy making in context

Very little is known about what drives policy making in South Africa. This project investigates the making and effects of policy around migration and health for migrant farm workers in Vhembe District, Limpopo.

Mwangaza Mama (2019)

Mwangaza Mama is a creative storytelling project that was undertaken in collaboration with a small group of cross-border migrant women living in Johannesburg. Inspired by previous MoVE work, the main aim of the two-year project was to learn more about migrant women’s everyday experiences of the city by including them in the production of knowledge about issues that affect them.

Artisanal Small-Scale Mining & Well-Being

In this project we examine one form of informal work, small scale and artisanal mining and explore its connection to the urban economi(es), both formal and informal.

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