Socially Excluded Populations

CHP undertakes research on health themes as well as through projects. The Socially Excluded Populations theme focuses largely on those hard-to-reach populations which may struggle to have equitable access to healthcare. The research is mainly undertaken by Associate Professor Matthew Chersich and Professor Laetitia Rispel.

Below is a list of the publications which have been published on this topic:


Chersich MF, Bosire W, King'ola N, Temmerman M, Luchters S. (2014) Effects of hazardous and harmful alcohol use on HIV incidence and sexual behaviour: a cohort study of Kenyan female sex workers. Global Health;10:22.

Richter M, Chersich MF, Vearey J, Sartorius B, Temmerman M, Luchters S. (2014) Migration status, work conditions and health utilization of female sex workers in three South African cities. J Immigr Minor Health;16 (1):7-17.

Moore L, Chersich MF, Steen R, Reza-Paul S, Dhana A, Vuylsteke B, Lafort Y, Scorgie F. (2014) Community empowerment and involvement of female sex workers in targeted sexual and reproductive health interventions in Africa: a systematic review. Global Health;10:47.

Richter ML, Scorgie F, Chersich MF, Luchters S. (2014) 'There are a lot of new people in town: but they are here for soccer, not for business' a qualitative inquiry into the impact of the 2010 soccer world cup on sex work in South Africa. Global Health;10 (1):45.

Dhana A, Luchters S, Moore L, Lafort Y, Roy A, Scorgie F, Chersich M. (2014) Systematic review of facility-based sexual and reproductive health services for female sex workers in Africa. Global Health;10:46.


Scorgie F, Nakato D, Harper E, Richter M, Maseko S, Nare P, Smit J, Chersich M.‘We are despised in the hospitals’: sex workers’ experiences of accessing health care in four African countries. Culture, Health & Sexuality 2013.

Scorgie F, Vasey K, Harper E, Richter M, Nare P, Maseko S, Chersich MF. (2013) Human rights abuses and collective resilience among sex workers in four African countries: a qualitative study. Global Health; 9 (1):33.

Luchters S, Richter ML, Bosire W, Nelson G, Kingola N, Zhang XD, Temmerman M, Chersich MF. (2013) The Contribution of Emotional Partners to Sexual Risk Taking and Violence among Female Sex Workers in Mombasa, Kenya: A Cohort Study. PLoS One;8 (8):e68855.

Richter ML, Chersich M, Temmerman M, Luchters S. (2013) Characteristics, sexual behaviour and risk factors of female, male and transgender sex workers in South Africa. S Afr Med J;103 (4):246-51.


Scorgie F, Chersich MF, Ntaganira I, Gerbase A, Lule F, Lo YR. Socio-demographic characteristics and behavioral risk factors of female sex workers in sub-saharan Africa: a systematic review. AIDS Behavior. 2012 16(4):920-33.

Steen R, Chersich MF, Gerbase A, Neilsen G, Wendland A, Ndowa F, Akl EA, Lo Y-R, De Vlas SJ. Periodic presumptive treatment of curable sexually transmitted infections among sex workers: a systematic review. AIDS. 2012 26(4): 437-445

Steen R, Chersich MF, De Vlas SJ. Periodic presumptive treatment of curable sexually transmitted infections among sex workers: recent experience with implementation. Current Opinion Infectious Diseases. 2012 25(1)100-106

Richter R, Luchters S, Ndlovu D, Temmerman M, Chersich, MF.Female sex work and international sport events - no major changes in demand or supply of paid sex during the 2010 Soccer World Cup: a cross-sectional study. 2012. BMC Public Health 12:763 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-763

Jewkes R, Morrell R, Sikweyiya Y, Dunkle K, Penn-Kekana L. Transactional relationships and sex with a woman in prostitution; prevalence and patterns in a representative sample of South African men. BioMed Central Public Health. 2012 (12):325. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-325

Jewkes R, Morrell R, Sikweyiya Y, Dunkle K, Penn-Kekana L. Men, prostitution and the provider role: understanding the intersections of economic exchange, sex, crime and violence in South Africa. PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e40821. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040821. Epub 2012 Jul 20.


R Steen, M Chersich, A Gerbase, G Neilsen, A Wendland, F Ndowa, EA Akl, YR Lo, SJ de Vlas. Periodic presumptive treatment of curable STIs among sex workers: a systematic review. AIDS. 2011 Nov 16

Luchters S, Geibel S, Syengo M, Lango D, King'ola N, Temmerman M, Chersich MF. Use of AUDIT, and measures of drinking frequency and patterns to detect associations between alcohol and sexual behaviour in male sex workers in Kenya. BMC Public Health. 2011 May 25; 11:384.

Veldhuijzen NJ, Ingabire C, Luchters S, Bosire W, Braunstein S, Chersich M, van de Wijgert, J. Anal intercourse among female sex workers in East Africa is associated with other high-risk behaviours for HIV. Sex Health. 2011 Jun; 8(2):251-4.

Okal J, Chersich MF, Tsui S, Sutherland E, Temmerman M, Luchters S. Sexual and physical violence against female sex workers in Kenya: a qualitative enquiry. AIDS Care. 2011 May; 23(5):612-8.

Rispel LC, Metcalf CA, Cloete A, Moorman J, Reddy V. You become afraid to tell them that you are gay: health service utilization by men who have sex with men in South African cities. Journal of Public Health Policy. 2011 32, S137–S151.

Rispel LC, Metcalf CA, Cloete A, Reddy V, Lombard C. HIV prevalence and risk practices among men who have sex with men in two South African cities. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 May; 57(1):69-76.


Richter ML, Chersich MF, Scorgie F, Luchters S, Temmerman M, Steen R Sex work and the 2010 FIFA World Cup: time for public health imperatives to prevail.Global Health. 2010 Feb 11; 6(1):1.

Luchters SM, Vanden Broeck D, Chersich MF, Nel A, Delva W, Mandaliya K, Depuydt CE, Claeys P, Bogers JP, Temmerman M Association of HIV infection with distribution and viral load of HPV types in Kenya: a survey with 820 female sex workers. BMC Infect Dis. 2010 Jan 26;10:18.

Cloete A, Rispel L, Metcalf C, Reddy V. Being Straight and being Gay: Identity or multiple desire: the Case of South Africa. Sexuality in Africa Magazine and Monographs. 2010; 10 (1): 9-10.

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