An estimated 2 million foreign-born migrants of working age (15–64) were living in South Africa (SA) in 2017. Structural and practical xenophobia has driven asylum-seekers, refugees, and undocumented migrants in SA to abject poverty and misery.
In this webinar, ITM alumnus Dr Ferdinand Mukumbang (PhD & EV 2018) will illustrate how COVID-19 containment measures adopted by the SA government through the lockdown of the nation have tremendously deepened the unequal treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees in SA. Leaving this category of the SA society out of the national response safety nets may lead to negative coping strategies causing mental health issues and secondary health concerns. An effective response to the socioeconomic challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic should consider the economic and health impact of the pandemic on asylum-seekers, refugees, and undocumented migrants.
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ITM ALUMNI WEBINAR SERIES ON COVID-19
In the webinar series, ITM alumni present their impressions on the current situation of the COVID-19 outbreak in their country and/or in specific health-related fields (e.g. maternal health), and highlight how they are engaged in this global fight against the pandemic. The main aim of this webinar series is to share experiences, expertise and good practices within the ITM community of alumni, students, staff, partner institutions and global health community.
Dr Ferdinand Mukumbang, Senior Scientist, Burden of Disease Unit @South African Medical Research Council, South Africa
- Nandini D P Sarkar, Doctoral Researcher at ITM Antwerp, Belgium