Global health in foreign policy in South Africa – evidence from state actors

Show simple item record Modisenyane, Moeketsi Senkubuge, Flavia Hendricks, S.J.H. (Stephen) 2016-11-23T05:23:55Z 2016-11-23T05:23:55Z 2016-09-20
dc.description.abstract AIM : There are currently debates about why South Africa integrates global health into its foreign policy agendas. This study aimed at exploring motivation and interests’ South African policy actors pursue to advance global health and the processes that lead to such integration. METHODS : The study utilized a mixed-method design from a sample of state policy actors at the National Department of Health of South Africa. Participants were selected purposively and had experience of more than three years participating in various international health activities. All participants completed semi-structured questionnaires. Quantitative data was analysed to determine frequencies and transcribed text was analyzed using qualitative content analysis. RESULTS : A total of 40 people were invited, of whom 35 agreed to participate. Of the respondents, 89.7% (n=32) strongly argued that health should facilitate ‘free movement of people, goods and services’. Majority (79.0%, n= 29) agreed that ‘development and equality’ are the main elements of foreign policy. Of the respondents, majority 77.1% (n=27) agreed that ‘moral and human rights’ are the main elements of foreign policy. Furthermore, 82.8% (n=29) agreed that the country should advance ‘Africa regionalism and south-south cooperation’ and 85.7% (n=30) strongly argued for a ‘whole-government approach’ in addressing global health challenges. ‘HIV/AIDS’ and ‘access to medicines agenda’ were the main policy issues advanced. The main domestic factors shaping South Africa’s involvement in global health were its ‘political leadership’ and ‘capacity of negotiators’. CONCLUSION : It is evident that within South Africa, state policy actors are largely concerned with promoting global health interest as a normative value and a goal of foreign policy, namely, human dignity and development cooperation. Furthermore, South Africa drives its global health through building coalition with other state and non-state actors such as civil society. HIV/AIDS, as a policy issue, presents a potential entry point for engagement in global health diplomacy. en_ZA
dc.description.department School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship National Department of Health, South Africa en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Modisenyane M, Senkubuge F, Hendricks S. Global health in foreign policy in South Africa – Evidence from state actors. South East Asia Journal of Public Health 2016, Vol. 6. DOI 10.4119/UNIBI/SEEJPH-2016-129. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2220-9476 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2313-531X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4119/UNIBI/SEEJPH-2016-129
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Public Health Foundation Bangladesh en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 Modisenyane et al; This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Diplomacy en_ZA
dc.subject Foreign policy en_ZA
dc.subject Global health en_ZA
dc.subject Global health diplomacy en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Global health in foreign policy in South Africa – evidence from state actors en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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