Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Statement of Civil Society on corruption

Today, 17th April 2013, 39 civil society formations (see list below), represented by 62 representatives, convened at COSATU House to discuss a common approach to corruption. The meeting was necessitated by the fact that civil society is chairing the National Anti-Corruption Forum under the leadership of the COSATU General Secretary, Zwelinzima ...

Take care over the next hill

Published in the Mail and Guardian.  What, if anything, does the private healthcare sector have to offer the rural poor? By Daygan Eagar Perched on a hill overlooking the N2 on the outskirts of East London is a new private hospital managed by one of South Africa’s largest private healthcare groups. The hospital offers what it describes as ...

A case of sick clinical management at Mpumalanga’s Tintswalo Hospital

Published in the Daily Maverick Situated in the remote heartland of Mpumalanga, Tintswalo Hospital should be a facility that offers public healthcare to the community of Acornhoek, many of whom are marginalised. Instead, the clinical management itself is in a shambles, with good doctors leaving in droves and no new physicians for a facility tha ...

TAC Mpumalanga Pickets against Poor Management at Tintswalo Hospital

Yesterday members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mpumalanga together with the community of Acornhoek picketed at the Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek at the Ehlanzeni Municipality. They picketed to voice their concerns about allegations of mismanagement against the hospital’s clinical manager, Dr. Thuketana. The Rural Health Adv ...

Economic policy: The poor still lose

Published in the Mail and Guardian in response to the Budget Speech  Rural areas have always been at the bottom of the list when it comes to healthcare and expenditure. By Daygan Eagar  Each year, at about this time, I start preparing to produce an analysis of the national budget and publish a statement on its implications for public health and ...

Rural healthcare is crying out for a good plan and a real budget.

Published in the Mail & Guardian in response to the State of the Nation Address: “Madwaleni is one of those rural hospitals that has managed to attract and retain health professionals. Currently the hospital has 10 doctors with pharmacy, radiology, nutrition and rehabilitation health professionals as well,” said the 2009 report ...

Open letter: RuDASA and RHAP support the Positive Practice Environment campaign

The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) and the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) commend DENOSA and SAMA for initiating the Positive Practice Environment Campaign.Rural health care workers are often faced with minimal resources to provide a health care service to communities in the poorest districts of the country, which a ...

Developing a new mid-level health worker

Lessons from South Africa’s experience with clinical associates. Clinical associates can contribute to the quality of district hospital care and address human resource shortages. However, a number of significant challenges lie ahead. To sustain and expand on early achievements, clinical associates must be produced in greater numbers and t ...

Press statement: Systematic problems in drug supply have to be addressed now to avert future crisis

MSF winds up temporary support from Eastern Cape medical depot; MSF and TAC call on health authorities to better train staff, provide emergency response MTHATHA / CAPE TOWN / JOHANNESBURG – After responding to a drug distribution crisis at Mthatha medical depot between 7 December and 24 January, the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sa ...