The health and health system of South Africa: historical roots of current public health challenges.

@article{Coovadia2009TheHA,
  title={The health and health system of South Africa: historical roots of current public health challenges.},
  author={Hoosen Mahomed Coovadia and Rachel Jewkes and Peter Barron and David H Sanders and Di Mcintyre},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={2009},
  volume={374 9692},
  pages={817-34}
}
The roots of a dysfunctional health system and the collision of the epidemics of communicable and non-communicable diseases in South Africa can be found in policies from periods of the country's history, from colonial subjugation, apartheid dispossession, to the post-apartheid period. Racial and gender discrimination, the migrant labour system, the destruction of family life, vast income inequalities, and extreme violence have all formed part of South Africa's troubled past, and all have… CONTINUE READING
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