Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Press Statement on the MTBS:

THE RURAL HEALTH ADVOCACY PROJECT (RHAP) URGES GOVERNMENT TO CRITICALLY ASSESS HOW FISCAL POLICY CAN BE USED TO ADVANCE EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES As was widely expected, the Minister of Finance’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tabled in parliament on 23 October 2013 mapped out a conservative fiscal path for th ...
Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition: Press Statement

Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition: Press Statement

  Eastern Cape Health Crisis Acton Coalition: Request for a meeting with Premier, Provincial Government and the ANC following non-response from MEC Sicelo Gqobana. 15 October 2013 EAST LONDON – The Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) resolved at a meeting yesterday to immediately write to the ANC, the Eastern Cape standing ...

Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition: Press Release.19 September 2013

The Minister of Health announced today results of an investigation into the state of healthcare in the Eastern Cape and aspects of a plan to address the crisis. He acknowledged that the impetus behind this response was pressure from the Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) and a report released by certain Coalition members. The ...

Death and Dying in the Eastern Cape

An investigation into the collapse of a health system. This is a special report of the TAC/SECTION27 NSP Review. It has been researched and written because throughout 2012 and 2013 we have become increasingly aware of the scale of the health system crisis in the Eastern Cape and its adverse impact on patients and health providers. This is not a ...

Collapse of health services will continue to cost lives

By Daygan Eagar IN APRIL 2012, the Eastern Cape department of health (ECDoH) put in place a moratorium on the appointment of healthcare workers to vacant posts at facilities throughout the province. It was instituted in an attempt to control the chronic overspending that was pushing the department deeper into financial crisis each year. The dec ...

Announcement: Press Conference Baby Ikho Campaign, Eastern Cape

The Baby Ikho campaign to fulfill the right to health in the Eastern Cape – It’s your right!  The Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) * invite all media to an important media conference. The conference will feature the release of a special SECTION27 and TAC investigative report into the collapsing health system in the Eastern C ...

Mail and Guardian salutes Rural doctors

Congratulations to Dr Liz Gatley and Dr Desmond Kegakilwe! Both have made it into the Mail and Guardian’s prestigious “Top 200 Young South Africans” list. Follow the links to read more about Dr Gatley and Dr Kegakilwe.(THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH BOTH THESE LINKS) ...

All in a hard day’s work – A clinical associate’s first day at work in a rural hospital.

Hardly two weeks on the job and doctors and nurses at Carletonville Hospital’s maternity ward say that Victor Mokokotlela is a welcome relief. As one of the inaugural clinical associates to graduate from Wits University in December, Mokokotlela’s duties include taking care of the hospital’s post-natal patients. “This is a very remote hospital a ...

Open letter to Mpumalanga DoH

On-going Reports of Harassment, Unfair Labour Practice and Poor Leadership, High Staff Turn-Over at Tintswalo Hospital since 2010 and No Improvement. The Rural Health Advocacy Project, SECTION27, Treatment Action Campaign and RuDASA have closely followed and reported on the governance problems at Tintswalo Hospital over the past years. Our firs ...