Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Deaf Dentistry – All We Want Is To Be Heard

Deaf Dentistry – All We Want Is To Be Heard

The time is 11:37 on a cool Thursday morning in a rural town in South Africa. It is winter and a couple walk through the wooden doors of a dental clinic that attends to a little over a thousand patients a month from different parts of a vast community. The couple quitely takes a seat next to the last person in the queue and they quietly wait fo ...
Health workers as Change Agents and Patient Advocates

Health workers as Change Agents and Patient Advocates

A presentation to the People’s Health Movement (PHM) Public Meeting on 9 June 2018  By Karessa Govender:  Projects Officer, Rural Health Advocacy Project Introduction Today I wear two hats, the first is that of a member of a civil society organization, the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP)and the second hat is that of a healthcare work ...
‘Cancer treatment in the North West is impossible’

‘Cancer treatment in the North West is impossible’

Activists say that at least one patient has been trying to get treatment since 2013. Only one radiation oncologist is left to treat cancer patients in North West, a health department statement shows. “With only one oncologist, cancer treatment here is impossible,” says Adele Botha, the North West divisional manager for the Cancer Association of ...
The impact of HCW strike action on patients’ health

The impact of HCW strike action on patients’ health

Patients have died as a result of the recent strike in North West. Doctors and nurses were also chased out of operating theatres and wards by strikers. How can patients and health workers be protected from becoming victims of a fight that is aimed an employer? Sixty-four patients may have died in one district of the North West alone during the ...
RHAP Letter to SAHRC for Urgent Investigation

RHAP Letter to SAHRC for Urgent Investigation

RHAP has written a letter to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) requesting an urgent investigation into the health impact of the protest and industrial action that has wracked health facilities in the North West Province. Many facilities have been closed or partially opened for lengths of time with large numbers of people in comm ...
Voice Workshop at Africa Health Conference – 29 May 2018

Voice Workshop at Africa Health Conference – 29 May 2018

Join our Voice Team at the Africa Health Conference on 29 May 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Objectives of Voice workshops: • Participants have insight into legal and policy foundations of the right to health • You can learn more about Advocacy approaches and the different roles played by      health care workers • Health ...
Why the NHI may lead to better health budgets

Why the NHI may lead to better health budgets

Read more from RHAP intern, Natasha Salant on why the NHI may lead to better health budgets: Rands and Sense: Why the NHI may lead to better health budgets About 200m from where I work in Rosebank, Johannesburg, there is a private clinic housing a general practitioner, a team of specialised surgeons, a rehabilitation centre, and state-of-the-ar ...
RHAP and Doctors Statement on NW crisis to National Task Team

RHAP and Doctors Statement on NW crisis to National Task Team

RHAP Statement on North West Health Emergency ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IN NORTH WEST PROVINCE REMAINS UNDER SIEGE DESPITE APPOINTMENT OF NATIONAL TASK   Demands by 70 North West doctors for “The National Department of Health to guarantee both patients’ and health care workers’ safety when receiving and delivering services” has not been met one week ...
North West Doctors Open Letter about the Health Crisis

North West Doctors Open Letter about the Health Crisis

Letter of concern: Ongoing Health Crisis in the North-West Province Background: Currently there is a crisis in the provision of health care in the North-West Province. This is a result of action taken by various groups who were angered by chronically unresolved issues which resulted in violence and closure of health care facilities. The crisis ...
Healthcare in Protests, Violence and Conflict

Healthcare in Protests, Violence and Conflict

The political action and healthcare workers strike in North West is widening beyond Mafikeng, with clinics and hospitals closing across Districts. Patients lives are under direct threat and lives have already been lost. Healthcare workers wanting to go to work are threatened. The right to health needs to be protected! Healthcare-in-protests-MSF ...