Suessmilch Lecture | February 7, 2018

Does migration contribute to African epidemics?

 On February 27, 2018, Philippe Bocquier from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, will give a talk at the MPIDR about internal migration effects on AIDS, tuberculosis and non-communicable disease mortality in Kenya and South Africa.


This study examines the relationship between internal migration and premature mortality from AIDS/TB and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) using 9 to 14 years of longitudinal data from four Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (HDSS) of the INDEPTH Network located in Kenya and South Africa. The study tests whether the mortality of migrants converges to that of non-migrants over years. In general, the migration effect presents similar patterns in relation to both AIDS/TB and NCDs, and shows no convergence between migrants and non-migrants over the period of observation. Results suggest that structural socioeconomic issues, rather than epidemic dynamics are likely to be associated with differences in mortality risk by migrant status.

About the speaker

Philippe Bocquier holds an MA and a PhD in demography from Sorbonne University in Paris, as well as an MSc in Statistics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1988 to 2008, he held various research positions for the French Institut de recherche pour le développement, being posted in Senegal, Mali, and Kenya. In 2008-2010, he was a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he holds now an Honorary Senior Researcher position. He has a long experience in longitudinal analysis, using both retrospective survey data and health and demographic surveillance systems. His research interests range from urban projections to demographic transition and from urban integration to entry into adulthood. His current research focus is on migration and health interrelationships.

Time and Venue

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 3 p.m., in the Institute's seminar room 005.