Communicable disease profile of refugees and the homeless attending Denis Hurley Centre in inner city Durban

Joyce Tsoka Gwegweni


The burden of communicable diseases such as HIV, TB, malaria and intestinal parasites among the refugees (or immigrants) and the homeless in Durban is unknown. This study aims to determine the burden of these communicable diseases among refugees and the homeless that attend the Denis Hurley Centre (DHC) in Durban. The study will generate new knowledge about the burden of disease and recommend intervention strategies to increase access to health care services for refugees and homeless which are neglected when planning and prioritizing health services for the general population. The findings will further raise awareness among the city and provincial health authorities to strengthen health services in non-profit and faith-based organizations like the DHC which offer free health services. This will reduce disease burden and improve the quality of life not only among this population but also in the general population that live, work or visit the city.