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Introduction to special issue on intimacy, morality, and precarity: Globalization and family care in Africa-insights from Ghana

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Ursula Mary Read, Sjaak van der Geest

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)vii-xxi
JournalAFRICA TODAY
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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Abstract

With the rise of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer, as well as increased longevity, the role of the family in care is of increasing importance to health policy and interventions globally. In low-income settings in sub-Saharan Africa, where health and welfare systems are under-resourced, ‘task-shifting’ to community health workers, volunteers and family members is sometimes proposed to fill the gaps. However migration, urbanisation and widening social inequality have had a profound effect on household structure and the capacity for care. This special issue focuses on Ghana, a country which exemplifies these processes. The contributing papers examine the impact of social, structural and economic changes on practices of family care for a variety of conditions across the life course in urban and rural locations.

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