Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Statement on the SAHRC/NMF Dialogue

Statement on the SAHRC/NMF Dialogue

Statement on the SAHRC and NMF Dialogue On 5 July 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) convened a national dialogue resulting in the Braamfontein Statement, on the impact of the protest and industrial action on the right to access health services in South Africa. This dialogu ...
NHI Bill – so near yet so far

NHI Bill – so near yet so far

By Russell Rensburg The release of the NHI Bill for public comment is a significant milestone in the transformation of the South African health sector. Since 1994, there have been a number of health sector reforms that have sought to unite a fragmented system. These included merging more that 10 “homeland” Ministries of Health as well as 14 dep ...
The NHI Bill is open for Public Comment

The NHI Bill is open for Public Comment

The NHI Bill is an attempt to address the inequalities in accessing healthcare across South Africa.The release of the NHI Bill for public comment is a significant milestone in the transformation of the South African health sector.  If framed and implemented equitably and accessibly, the NHI could well be South Africa’s answer to the achievement ...
The NHI Bill is Open for Public Comment

The NHI Bill is Open for Public Comment

What is your take on the NHI Bill? The NHI Bill is an attempt to address the inequalities in accessing healthcare across South Africa.The release of the NHI Bill for public comment is a significant milestone in the transformation of the South African health sector.  If framed and implemented equitably and accessibly, the NHI could well be South ...
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 ...