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This title was first published in 2000: Although the apartheid regime has now been abolished there is still a great deal of work to be done in order to eliminate the disadvantages it created for the health of black people at both micro and macro levels. This book presents the findings of a study commissioned to assess and respond to the health needs of black people in South Africa. The hope expressed by those who participated is that the study is considered within the wider context of understanding the apartheid system and the scars it left behind. Community Health Needs in South Africa represents an excellent example of how action research can be used as a tool to make a difference in people’s lives.
’One of the book’s main merits is that it puts the problems in the medical field into context with South Africa’s transformation policies since 1994, as well as its coming to terms with the past…’ INDABA
Contents: The historical development of South African society; The development of health services in South Africa; The structure of the present health system; Children and health; Women and health; Women making her story; Care for elderly people; Black people and mental illness; HIV/AIDS epidemic; Care for terminally ill people - the role of hospices; The Orange Farm study; Quantitative research; Action research; Conclusion.
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