Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 165–178

Poverty, Health and Policy: A Historical Look at the South African Experience


DOI: 10.1057/jphp.2008.1

Cite this article as:
Pick, W., Rispel, L. & Naidoo, S. J Public Health Pol (2008) 29: 165. doi:10.1057/jphp.2008.1


The resurgence of interest in links between health and development raises interesting questions about the process of research, policy-making, and implementation in the field of health and poverty. To learn about the process in South Africa, we examined three commissions of inquiry relating poverty and health – in 1929, 1942, and the early 1980s. Power relations of the players were a decisive factor and determined the type and nature of the research conducted.


healthpovertypolicy analysisSouth Africamillennium development goalsapartheidpoor whitesCarnegieGluckman

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburg, GautengSouth Africa
  2. 2.Human Sciences Research CouncilPretoriaSouth Africa
  3. 3.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa