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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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Call For Applications: 2x post-doctoral fellowships in migration and health in Africa

Applications are invited for two post-doctoral fellowships at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). These fellowships are part of a newly established Cluster of Research Excellence (CoRE) in Migration and Health.

Call For Applications: GEMMS Research Coordinator

Applications are invited for a Research Coordinator at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), based at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University). The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating GEMMS research activities in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The ‘covidisation’ of migration and health research

In this erudite research handbook, ACMS/maHp postdoctoral researcher Dr Thea de Gruchy and colleagues draw together the latest research on migration, gender and COVID-19, to contribute towards a better understanding of the immediate and longer-term implications of the pandemic on gender dynamics and roles in international migration.

Wits to co-lead international research on migration and health

ACMS/maHp’s Prof. Jo Vearey has been named as one of the co-leads of the Cluster of Excellence in Migration and Health (CEMH), a new research area under a partnership by ARUA and The Guild.

OP-ED: HIV care for migrant women in South Africa – the gaps and 5 steps towards offering better services

maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher Melanie Bisnauth identifies the gaps in HIV care for migrant women in South Africa, and goes on to recommend five steps towards offering better services.

“We Need to Sustain Migrant Health Forums to Infinity and Beyond”

This IOM review by ACMS found that the sustainability of MHFs is feasible if they are government-led, issue-specific and embedded within coordination structures at all levels of policy implementation.

Explore maHp Research Projects

MiCoSA Issue Brief #1 – 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. 

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.

Independent Migrant Children

This qualitative study seeks to understand the different experiences and perspectives of migrant children who migrated to South Africa with regards to how they negotiate with different discourses of femininity and masculinity…

Semantics in migration policy making and why they (should) matter

Researcher Kuda Vanyoro blogs about the recent Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which was themed ‘Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration Now: Mechanics of a Compact Worth Agreeing to’.

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.

Mothering and Families

Under this project we take migration as a lens to explore the ways in which forms of vulnerability, as created and shaped by the urban spaces of the city, are encountered and negotiated in the everyday city lives of migrant women…

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