Title: Migration and Health in Malawi
Abstract: Although it has long been established that migration and health status are closely linked, identifying the effect of migration on health remains an unresolved challenge for much migration research. This challenge has remained due primarily to data limitations, such as the inability to measure all characteristics that affect migration and health, or the lack of longitudinal data necessary to distinguish between the effect of migration on health and the selection of individuals of differing health status into migration streams. Furthermore, migration and health research has seldom focused on sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), despite the high and increasing rates of internal migration in SSA. This research examines these two gaps in research on the relationship between migration and health by (1) addressing several central methodological challenges that often preclude establishing a causal connection between migration and health, and (2) initiating a regional focus on SSA.
About the Speaker:
Philip Anglewicz's primary research interest is the relationship between migration and health in developing countries, which he has pursued in several contexts. While as a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, Anglewicz conducted a study on internal migration, marriage and HIV infection in Malawi, which involved collecting survey and HIV biomarker data for over 500 migrants in Malawi. Since arriving at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Anglewicz expanded this study into an NIH-funded project that looks more broadly at the relationship between internal migration and health in Malawi. In addition to migration, Anglewicz is also engaged in research on (1) the relationship between social participation and health, (2) the impact of shocks on mental and physical health, and the mediating role of transfers in this relationship, and (3) attitudes and behaviors related to male circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa.