n South African Journal of Child Health - Apartheid and healthcare access for paediatric systemic lupus erythematosus patients in South Africa : opinion

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1994-3032
  • E-ISSN: 1999-7671



South Africa (SA) still faces the legacy of apartheid: the history, politics and economics have a lasting, indelible effect on the health of its people. Here, we discuss the challenges of caring for patients with chronic disease, focusing on paediatric systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), as a framework for evaluating the structural challenges to accessing care in SA. Prior reports have demonstrated numerous factors influencing access for SA patients with chronic disease. This article explores the economic, social and political vestiges of apartheid as it affects the healthcare system and subsequently, our patients.

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