'Closing the gate' on rural communities: health care during COVID-19

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2021
TITLE AUTHOR(S): L.Bank, N.V.Sharpley, N.Mkuzo
KEYWORDS: COMMUNITIES, COVID-19, EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE, RURAL AREAS
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11701
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/16022
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/16022

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Abstract

Over the past six months, many have seen the COVID-19 crisis through a metropolitan lens. In the rural Eastern Cape, communities say that the government 'closed the gate' (ukuvala isango) when COVID-19 came and left them to struggle in the dark. The article is based on the findings of a rural research project, undertaken by the HSRC in association with Walter Sisulu University, that looked into the impact of the lockdown on rural communities in the Eastern Cape.