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Covid-19 and People on the Move in Africa

July 1, 2021 0 Comments

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.

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Covid-19 and Migration Governance in Africa

June 14, 2021 0 Comments

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.

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Migration and Disability in South Africa: Considering the impacts of Covid-19

June 10, 2021 0 Comments

This is the third 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.

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Migrants and the Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out in Africa: Hesitancy and Exclusion

June 8, 2021 0 Comments

This occasional paper examines the current state of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in Africa (as of June 2021), with a particular focus on the attitude and behaviour of states and other key stakeholders towards the inclusion of international migrants.

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Using WhatsApp messenger for health systems research: a scoping review of available literature

April 21, 2021 0 Comments

Globally, the use of mobile phones for improving access to healthcare and conducting health research has gained traction in recent years as rates of ownership increase, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, little is known about the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of WhatsApp as a tool for health research.

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VIDEO: Ensuring the Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants

April 7, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey recently presented at this M8 Alliance expert meeting titled, ‘Ensuring the Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants’, which forms part of a webinar series leading up to the upcoming World Health Summit (October 24-26, 2021). Watch the full webinar here.

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VIDEO: Healthcare In Transit webinar

March 26, 2021 0 Comments

ACMS and MSF – in collaboration with MiCoSA – recently hosted a webinar titled ‘Healthcare In Transit: Quantifying the health needs of migrants across the Limpopo’. Download the research report and watch the online discussion here.

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WEBINAR INVITATION: The “covidisation” of migration and health research – Southern African consultation

March 25, 2021 0 Comments

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) in collaboration with the Migration and Coronavirus in Southern Africa Coordination Group (MiCoSA) would like to invite you to attend the Southern African consultation on the “covidisation” of migration and health research.

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MENTION: Migrants left vulnerable by Covid-19 pandemic, studies show

March 22, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey was recently mentioned in this IOL News article recommending that government’s Covid-19 vaccine programme strategy include everyone – even migrants to ensure better success.

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WEBINAR: Healthcare In Transit: Quantifying the health needs of migrants across the Limpopo

March 17, 2021 0 Comments

Join us today (17 March 2021) at 1pm (SA time) webinar about the health needs of migrants in Limpopo. Beginning in late 2019, MSF in partnership with the ACMS, conducted over 1,375 detailed interviews with migrants and asylum-seekers across Beitbridge and Musina, documenting the health challenges they faced. MSF and ACMS, in collaboration with the MiCoSA, will be hosting this discussion on the project findings and their implications, including what this may mean in the context of Covid-19.

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WEBINAR INVITE: Ensuring the Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants

March 9, 2021 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS director Professor Jo Vearey will be taking part in this M8 Alliance webinar on 30 March titled, ‘Ensuring the Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants’, which is co-organised with the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).

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PODCAST: Minister Aaron Motsoaledi hits back at border posts closure critics

January 19, 2021 0 Comments

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced the closure of 20 land borders in a bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus. In this 702fm conversation with Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Professor Jo Vearey explains why shutting borders is not a helpful response to Covid-19.

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Zaheera Jinnah

January 12, 2021 0 Comments

Zaheera Jinnah has a PhD in anthropology and a background in development studies and social work. Her research interests are in labour migration, gender and diaspora studies. She is a research associate at the ACMS.

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Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon

January 12, 2021 0 Comments

Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon is an Associate Researcher on the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa, based at the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits).

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PHOTO-ESSAY: The Endless Journey

November 27, 2020 0 Comments

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.

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Option B+ Program for the Prevention of Vertical Transmission of HIV: A Case Study in Johannesburg, South Africa

October 29, 2020 0 Comments

The purpose of this research project by maHp/Wits Public Health doctoral student Melanie Bisnauth et al. was to explore the impact of the Option B+ PMTCT program on the work of healthcare professionals, and to also understand pregnant HIV-positive women’s views and experiences with ART for life, as a way to better manage the Option B+ PMTCT program.

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WEBINAR: Migrants and Vulnerabilities during the Covid-19 Pandemic

October 12, 2020 0 Comments

The University of the Witwatersrand’s Humanities Graduate Centre and the RReal Covid Project will be hosting this webinar titled Migrants and Vulnerabilities during the Covid-19 Pandemic on Monday, 12 October 2020, 14:00-15:30 SAST.

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Wits Pandemic Pangolin webinar: Human Rights and Fighting Discrimination during Epidemics

September 29, 2020 0 Comments

The Wits Pandemic Pangolin webinar series returns tomorrow, Wednesday 30 September, at 13:00 – 14:00 SAST. This week’s dialogue titled Human Rights and Fighting Discrimination during Epidemics takes up the way that Covid-19 has acted as a transmission belt of wider social anxieties around justice, equity and prejudice.

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ACMS postgrad applications open

September 15, 2020 0 Comments

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) invites graduate students to apply to undertake the programmes in Migration and Displacement with us.

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Migration and Covid-19: A review of South Africa’s policy response to the pandemic

July 11, 2020 0 Comments

This is the second 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.

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

July 11, 2020 0 Comments

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. 

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Services for refugees and migrants in Covid-19 lockdown

May 20, 2020 0 Comments

Do you need legal or psycho-social assistance during the national Covid-19 lockdown and ongoing pandemic? See this infographic and list of services for refugees and migrants during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Migration Health Evidence Portal for COVID-19

April 30, 2020 0 Comments

The IOM Migration Health Research Portal has established an interactive, open-source, searchable, repository of research publications on COVID-19 in relation to migrants, migration, and human mobility.

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Coronavirus: APO Group to support African governments in the fight against COVID-19

April 20, 2020 0 Comments

APO Group, the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy, recently announced they will support the dissemination of coronavirus-related information from African governments to the press and public.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Full MA and PhD scholarships at ACMS

April 11, 2020 0 Comments

ACMS is seeking applications for full Masters and PhD scholarships offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of its ‘In-Region Scholarship Programme South Africa’. Closing date: 05 May 2020.

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Refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in SA know your rights during Covid-19

April 10, 2020 0 Comments

LHR and CoRMSA recently tweeted an information sheet about the rights that refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in South Africa have during this Covid-19 national lockdown.

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Wits COVID-19 dashboard goes continental

April 8, 2020 0 Comments

Wits University’s COVID-19 dashboard has grown with new data features, including snapshot views of how the pandemic is spreading in Africa, as well as statistics showing world trends, being added.

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Report Xenophobia in Times of COVID-19

April 8, 2020 0 Comments

Have you experienced any form of discrimination in relation to COVID-19 because of where you come from, your nationality and/or ethnicity? Then report your experiences to Xenowatch.

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How is the Corona pandemic affecting the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in South Africa and Canada? Two Protect researchers share their insights.

April 8, 2020 0 Comments

This is one of two blog posts where Protect researchers reflect upon how the Corona pandemic is affecting people on the move across the world. In this post, Professor Jo Vearey from Wits University and Professor Idil Atak from Ryerson University share their insights from South Africa and Canada.

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COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

April 8, 2020 0 Comments

The South African government has set up an online resource portal to specifically share information about the Covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic, as it relates to the country.

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Scalabrini Centre COVID-19 Information Sheets

April 7, 2020 0 Comments

The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, a non-governmental organisation that offers development and welfare programmes to the migrant and local communities of Cape Town, has recently produced information sheets about Covid-19 and the 21-day national lockdown regulations in multiple languages (namely Swahili, Shona, French, Lingala, Portuguese and English).

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As the middle-class posts lockdown selfies, how are the poor coping?

April 1, 2020 0 Comments

ACMS Masters student Shireen Mukadam speaks to the poor about the impact of the coronavirus and the national lockdown on their lives.

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2x Post-doctoral Fellowships in Migration, Gender and Health Systems

October 25, 2019 0 Comments

maHp/ACMS is seeking to recruit two post-doctoral fellows to work on two research projects exploring migration, gender and health systems in South Africa. Applications close on 15th November 2019.

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In sickness and in health: why the Minister of Home Affairs has a duty of care to tackle endemic anti-foreigner sentiment

October 1, 2019 0 Comments

Many of South Africa’s government officials have contracted a dangerous, highly contagious and apparently incurable disease. Symptoms include espousing anti-foreigner sentiments and scapegoating non-nationals for failures of the state, while simultaneously denying that xenophobia exists in the country.

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Bua Modiri (2019)

June 24, 2019 0 Comments

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.

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Me, them, us: Building belonging with young people on the move

June 21, 2019 1 Comment

maHp research associate Thea Shahrokh and civil society partners reflect on the recently held one-day symposium on ‘Building Belonging with Refugee and Migrant Young People’.

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Towards a framework for multisector and multilevel collaboration: case of HIV and AIDS governance in South Africa

June 3, 2019 0 Comments

Informed by the findings of the research on implementation of the multisectoral response to HIV in South Africa, and drawing from the existing literature; the authors propose a framework for multisector and multilevel collaboration.

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Is it time to phase out UNDESA’s regional criterion of development?

May 23, 2019 0 Comments

This article shows that whether migrant stocks appear to be increasing or decreasing in developing countries depends on three factors: whether a regional or an economic criterion of “development” is used, whether volume is expressed in absolute numbers or as a percentage of total population, and whether the data include refugees and asylum seekers.

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How not to draw a comic book about zama-zamas

April 24, 2019 1 Comment

maHp artist fellow Carlos Amato reflects on his positionality as a political cartoonist documenting the lived experiences of zama-zamas.

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SeaM Project Update

March 25, 2019 0 Comments

Security at the Margins (SeaM) is a three-year collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) that uses interdisciplinary research to understand (in)security in marginalised communities in urban South Africa.

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