Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Seminar: "They come in a bus": perspectives of health care providers on migrants and refugees utilising public health care facilities in South Africa

31 October 2018, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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LT G12, UCL, 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HB

Speaker: Janine White - Visiting researcher, Institute of Health Equity


Drawing on ethnographic observation and a survey administered with health care providers, this talk will present the narratives of health care providers in public health facilities in a South African province and the reality of the utilisation of these facilities by migrants and refugees. The presentation will locate the intersection of these narratives and reality within the discourse of South Africa's constitutional democracy with its emphasis on human rights, universal health coverage, and a distressed public health care system. The presentation forms part of Janine's PhD study.

About the speaker

Janine White is reading for her doctoral degree in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is a lecturer at the same university, and is part of the new generation of academics programme of the South African Department of Higher Education and Training. Janine obtained her Master's degree at the University of South Africa cum laude (2016). Her research interests include refugee and migrant mental health, the social determinants of health, theories of social exclusion and how these intersect with health professionals and the public health care system in South Africa. In 2018, she was awarded a Newton Fund Researcher Travel Links fellowship and is spending six weeks at the Institute of Health Equity, UCL to focus on completion of her PhD.