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Document ID (ISN)111517
CIS number 11-0206
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rees D., Murray J., Nelson G., Sonnenberg P.
Title Oscillating migration and the epidemics of silicosis, tuberculosis, and HIV infection in South African gold miners
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.53, p.398-404. Illus. 46 ref.
Abstract Hundreds of thousands of men from rural areas of South Africa and neighbouring countries have come to seek work in the gold mines. They are not immigrants in the usual sense as they work for periods in the mines, go home, and then return. This is termed oscillating or circular migration. Today, there exist serious interrelated epidemics of silicosis, tuberculosis, and HIV infection in the gold mining industry. This article discusses the role of oscillating migration in fuelling these epidemics, by examining the historical, political, social and economic contexts of these diseases.
Descriptors (primary) South Africa; state of health; migrant workers; gold mining; social aspects
Descriptors (secondary) immunodeficiency syndrome; tuberculosis; silicosis; economic aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) HIV/AIDS
Mining and quarrying
OSH in developing countries