The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Visit South Africa's official Covid-19 resource portal
2235  Large

Social exclusion is a dynamic, multi-dimensional phenomenon. Driven by unequal power relationships, it works to exclude groups of people in particular contexts from engaging fully in community or social life. Many of South Africa's post-apartheid policies and programmes have been directed at correcting historical injustices responsible for social exclusion, yet inequalities remain rampant.

Based on a review of local and international literature on the social determinants of health and on interviews with key individuals in civil society, academics and senior officials in national ministries, this study explores factors that enable or constrain the implementation of policies and programmes that address social exclusion.

Three government programmes were investigated and analysed in detail: free health care, child support grants and the Gauteng Bana Pele (Children First) Programme. The insightful analysis and clear recommendations presented here are of particular interest to social scientists, international agencies and government ministries whose work concerns health equity.

This study was done under the auspices of the World Health Organization's Commission on Social Determinants of Health, as part of the Social Exclusion Knowledge Network (SEKN). The research was conducted by the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council.

Product information

Format : 280mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 56
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2231-4
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2231-1
Publish Year : 2008
Rights : World Rights

Chapter 1: The global and national context
Global response to health inequities
South African case study
Country profile
The current context

Chapter 2: Aims and methodology
Aims and focus
Methodology

Chapter 3: Social exclusion: constructs and policies
Constructs of social exclusion
Affected groups
The impact of social exclusion
Social inclusion policies

Chapter 4: Appraising South African policies
Free healthcare
Cash transfers and support grants
Bana Pele
Summary

Chapter 5: Conclusion and recommendations
Key issues
Recommendations

References

Dr Laetitia Rispel is currently with the Centre for Health Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Rispel is also a former executive director of the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). Prior to joining the HSRC, Dr Rispel was the head of the Gauteng Health Department. She has extensive academic and research experience, and her research interests include HIV/AIDS, health systems, public health, and gender.

Boitumelo Molomo is a former intern in the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council. She is currently with ESKOM.

Sellinah Dumela is a former Research Manager in the Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council. She is currently with the Limpopo Department of Health.

Share this

You might also consider these related books

1927  Large

Assessing the Costs of a Rural PMTCT Pilot Site in the Eastern Cape

Mother-to-child transmission is by far the largest source of HIV infection in children below the age of 15. This report presents the results of research conducted at a pilot site in the Eastern Cape into the use of resources associated with the implementation of a PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) programme.

Product information

Format : 210mm x 280mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 32
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2063-X
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2063-8
Publish Year : 2004
Rights : World Rights
Price R 105.00
2298  Large

Medicine and the politics of knowledge

Medicine and the Politics of Knowledge situates South Africa - including its history of stances and political formations around HIV/AIDSin the broader context of questions relating to science, medicine, human experimentation, and structural violence, all of which shape the cases in the book. Putting South Africa in the context of other cases of contention and contestation about science and medicine in India, Latin America and China helps us to understand the particular history of the South African case itself.

Product information

Format : 235mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 208
ISBN 10 : 978-07969-2392-9
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2392-9
Publish Year : 2013
Rights : World Rights
Price R 240.00
1980  Large

HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa
Report of the Colloquium 26-27 November 2003

This report details the findings of a colloquium held in November 2003 which presented HIV/AIDS policy research conducted by the HSRC in projects across Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The colloquium also focused on the status of orphaned and vulnerable children in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Product information

Format : 148mm x 210mm
Pages : 24
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2068-0
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2068-3
Publish Year : 2004
Price R 98.00
2124  Large

A situational analysis of orphans and vulnerable children in four districts of South Africa

In 2002, the Human Sciences Research Council was commissioned by the WK Kellogg Foundation to develop and implement a five-year intervention project focusing on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in southern Africa. In collaboration with several partner organizations, the project currently focuses on how children, families and communities in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe are coping with the impact of HIV/AIDS. The aim of the project is to develop models of best practise so as to enhance and improve support structures for OVC in the southern African region as a whole.

Product information

Format : 210mm x 280mm
Pages : 160
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2141-5
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2141-3
Publish Year : 2005
Price R 115.00