South Africa

As part of the research on the health of women and girls in low-income urban settings, we will be conducting three case studies in South Africa.

Each case study will provide an in-depth look at an intervention addressing a particular health issue for women and girls in low-income urban settlements.  Case studies currently planned include:

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)Completed
Mental healthCompleted
Technology and SRH policyCompleted

Latest updates

A new policy briefing from IDS calls for decision-makers to take a broader approach to address the social, structural and economic determinants of health, and to ensure community involvement in interventions with genuine gender inclusivity. The paper is based on six case studies and a thematic review examining women’s and girls’ access to health in low-income urban settlements.

Researchers Pauline Oosterhoff and Linda Waldman presented their research at the 2014 City Health International conference, which took place in Amsterdam on 3rd-4th November. Two posters depicting case studies undertaken as part of the research on the health of women and girls in low-income urban settlements were also presented. See the presentations and find out more!

In South Africa, the challenge of adolescents' and womens' sexual and reproductive health and rights in rural, peri-urban and inner-cities is political, but many propose technical solutions. Linda Waldman and Marion Stevens question whether technology really is the answer.