Patient Mobility, Migration and Health Systems

The Patient Mobility, Migration and Health Systems project will be hosting a workshop titled: Analysing patient mobility, migration and health –  March 20th & 21st 2017

This workshop aims to bring together a group of early to mid career and established researchers from the UK and Southern Africa to explore cutting- edge research on patient mobility, migration and health. An explicit focus of the event will be on methods for analysis of the connection between mobility and health and on Southern Africa as an exemplar region.

It seeks to:

– Analyse available evidence and methods on patient mobility, migration and health systems (with a specific but not exclusive focus on Southern Africa

– Produce a series of papers covering the issue of patient mobility, migration and health systems, to be offered to a journal as a special collection.

– Develop collaboration and capacity for such collaboration between partners.

In addition, the workshop will be attended by policymakers including from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to ensure research is policy relevant.

The workshop is a Newton Fund supported workshop by the University of York, ACMS, and LSHTM.

Neil Lunt is based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York. He has interests in patient mobility and its health system impacts. He was co-applicant on the HSRI funded grant (2014-2016) ‘Exploring maternal and child health and medical travel’ (led by LSHTM and the University of Witwatersrand).  York is a research intensive University and member of the Russell Group. York’s research is focused around seven research themes aligning academic strengths to meet global challenges of our time, thus addressing both the UN sustainability goals and the four strategic objectives of the UK Aid Strategy.

Jo Vearey is an Associate Professor at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand. With support from a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award, Jo has established the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp). Involving a series of unique research and public engagement projects, maHp aims to explore (and evaluate) ways to generate and communicate knowledge in order to improve responses to migration, health and well-being in the SADC region. Multiple disciplinary perspectives, mixed method approaches, and the involvement of various stakeholders – including migrants themselves – are central.

The ACMS is an internationally engaged; Africa-oriented; and African-based research and teaching centre dedicated to shaping academic and policy debates on migration, development and social transformation.

Johanna Hanefeld is an Associate Professor Health Policy and Systems and the Head of the Anthropology, Politics and Policy Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. A health policy analyst, her research focuses on patient mobility, migration and health systems, mostly in low and middle-income countries.

Papers presented at the workshop will also form a special edition of a Journal. For more information about the workshop contact Johanna Hanefeld.

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