The project explores the interplay between colonial policymakers, industry, medical researchers, labour, legislatures and states in the identification and treatment of tuberculosis in Southern Africa.
This will be the first history of the current tuberculosis pandemic in Southern Africa, a region which has the highest infection rates in the world. This project will focus upon the gold mines and oscillating migration in the creation of the present crisis. It will explore the interplay between colonial policymakers, industry, medical researchers, labour, legislatures and states in the identification of risk and the provision of treatment. The resultant book and articles will illuminate key aspects of a regional public health crisis and provide evidence to support those seeking improved working conditions and legal redress.
Chief investigator: Jock McCulloch
Project sponsor: Australian Research Council (Discovery Project Scheme)