Migration, HIV, and Socioeconomic Change in South Africa

Director: Michael J. White
Collaborators: Mark Lurie, Stephen McGarvey
Research Theme: Consequences of Migration in Sending and Receiving Areas
Location: Republic of South Africa
Funding: CFAR

This pilot investigation will address a significant AIDS-related public health issue in South Africa: the relationship between human geographic mobility and risk for disease transmission. The project uses existing data and conducts a feasibility study. It brings demographic methods and field research, coupled with a refined understanding of human geographic mobility and health transition to the present public-health concern of HIV transmission and AIDS mortality. It is a collaborative effort by Brown University scholars and health scientists at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and will add significantly to knowledge about migration-HIV interrelationships, setting the stage for an expanded investigation.