South Africa: addressing the legacy of apartheid

Lucy Gilson*, Di Mcintyre

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


This chapter traces the legacy of the apartheid system in South Africa, pointing out draconian social and economic policies and their ramifications for the health of different groups in the population. The high infant mortality level and nearly fivefold disparity in infant mortality rates between richer and poorer ethnic groups in the population are but two of the most obvious health impacts. South Africa is now trying to deal with the legacy of apartheid by developing policies with explicit equity objectives. The chapter takes a critical stance as to whether the government's policies are sufficient to redress the inequities of the past. In particular, it questions the potential impact of the macroeconomic restructuring and what must be done to develop a effective health equity monitoring system for such overarching policies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging inequities in health
Subtitle of host publicationfrom ethics to action
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199863983
ISBN (Print)9780195137408
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Arpartheid system
  • Health equity
  • Monitoring
  • Post-apartheid
  • South Africa


Dive into the research topics of 'South Africa: addressing the legacy of apartheid'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this