Global Public Health exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on informal settlements in Tshwane Gauteng Province, South Africa

Nyashanu, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9231-0393, Simbanegavi, P. and Gibson, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-1220-8680, 2020. Global Public Health exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on informal settlements in Tshwane Gauteng Province, South Africa. Global Public Health. ISSN 1744-1692

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Abstract

Informal settlements remain a public health problem as they lack basic infrastructure. Furthermore, it is challenging to enforce public health regulations and protocols to prevent the spread of infection during a pandemic. This paper was set out to explore the impact of lockdown during COVID-19 among people living in informal settlements. An exploratory qualitative design was utilised. Purposive sampling was used to select research participants. In-depth one-to-one interviews were held involving 30 research participants through a WhatsApp online telephone platform. A thematic approach underpinned by the four stages of data analysis in interpretive phenomenological analysis was utilised to analyse the data. The study found that during the the research participants were affected by lack of space to practice social distancing, over-burdened infrastructure, lack of savings, loss of income and shortage of food, hunger and diseases, anxiety and depression and poor access to education. There is a need to prioritise the needs of informal settlers and endeavour to establish permanent homes. Health promotion and communication initiatives and pandemic awareness programmes are needed to mitigate the impact of lockdown during a pandemic in informal settlements.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Global Public Health
Creators: Nyashanu, M., Simbanegavi, P. and Gibson, L.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 11 August 2020
ISSN: 1744-1692
Identifiers:
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10.1080/17441692.2020.1805787DOI
1352268Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 14 Sep 2020 15:26
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 15:26
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40716

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