Access to health care among Somali forced migrants in Johannesburg

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dc.contributor.author Pursell, Irene
dc.date.accessioned 2007-02-23T14:21:22Z
dc.date.available 2007-02-23T14:21:22Z
dc.date.issued 2007-02-23T14:21:22Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/2112
dc.description Student Number 9705165A Master of Arts in Forced Migration Studies Faculty of Humanities en
dc.description.abstract Objective: To identify and investigate barriers faced by Somali forced migrants when accessing health care in Johannesburg. In particular, the study seeks to compare perceptions of health personnel and migrants as to the nature of such access constraints. Design and Methods: The study made use of semi-structured and in-depth interviews with a snowball sample of health personnel and migrants. Ten health personnel were interviewed and twenty migrants (ten male and ten female). Results: Constraints of language and xenophobia were identified by both health personnel and forced migrant interviewed. Constraints related to the shortage of resources and the poor functioning of the referral system are experienced by all users of the public health system, irrespective of their nationality. No mention was made of traditional or allopathic medicine. Conclusions: There exists a gap between the access to health care guaranteed in the Refugees Act and practices at facility level. There are many similarities across interviews in the constraints identified by migrants and some agreement in the constraints identified by migrants and health personnel. These results confirm that migrants experience a fairly severe level of constraint when attempting to utilize formal health care services in Johannesburg. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Forced Migrants en
dc.subject Somalis en
dc.subject Health care access en
dc.subject Access constraints en
dc.subject Language constraints en
dc.subject Xenophobia en
dc.subject Formal Health Care Services en
dc.title Access to health care among Somali forced migrants in Johannesburg en
dc.type Thesis en


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