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Published: 2010

Urban health in Johannesburg: The importance of place in understanding intra-urban inequalities in a context of migration and HIV

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Developing country urban contexts present multiple challenges to those responsible for ensuring the good health of urban populations. These include urban growth, migration, informal settlements, intra-urban inequalities and – in some cases – high HIV prevalence. Using Johannesburg as a case study, this paper explores the complexities of the urban context by comparing the social determinants of urban health between migrant groups residing in the inner-city and a peripheral urban informal settlement. It is argued that any attempt to improve the health of urban populations in the context of migration and HIV requires understanding that ‘place matters’.

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J. Vearey; I. Palmary; L. Thomas

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