Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Press Statement: Hundreds of Eastern Cape clinics face ARV stock crisis

Over 50,000 HIV patients at risk of treatment interruption | MSF & TAC send emergency support team   MTHATHA – Serious antiretroviral (ARV) drug supply shortages at the Mthatha medical depot threaten the health of more than 50,000 HIV patients in the Eastern Cape who are at risk of treatment interruption. Recent strike action, combined ...

Rural-Proofing South Africa’s Laws

By Nealon Devore, ONE The RHAP was the final runner-up for the 2012 One Africa Award! Read this blog by One’s Nealon Deavore: With two-and-a-half staff members RHAP has made a name for itself in South African policy and medical circles in less than two years. Seeking an avenue for their voices to be heard, RuDASA (Rural Doctors Associatio ...

The launch of RuReSA

The PHASA/RUDASA Conference also marked the launch of RuReSA (Rural Rehabilitation of South Africa). RuReSA is a newly formed interest group for rehabiltiation professionals who have an interest in Rehabilitation in rural places. Members have the chance to input on policy, give and receive personal and professional support, work with universiti ...

PACASA – Advocating for Clinical Associates and quality health care

As a profession, Clinical Associates were implemented within the South African health system in 2008. They are a new group of health care workers who will have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to work in a hospital environment assisting the doctor and other health care staff in doing procedures and in assessing patients, mainly in ...

How golden policies lead to mud delivery – and how silver should become the new gold

Rural Doctor and previous RuDASA Chair Dr Karl le Roux’s address at the 2012 RuDASA/Phasa conference My job today is to describe to you what it is like being at the rural coalface. Though I have loved working in a rural hospital for the past six years, it has also been one of the toughest periods in my life. Working in rural medicine is a ...

Meet the new RuDASA Chair: Dr Desmond Kegakilwe.

Dr Desmond Kegakilwe is the newly-elected RuDASA chairperson, and is eager to use his energy and expertise to lead the RuDASA committee. Born in Tlakgameng Village in the far west of the North West province, Desmond matriculated from Mafikeng with dreams of being a law enforcement officer, or an engineer. His life changed when he was granted a ...

Press statement: Immediate action required.

Immediate action required to solve the systemic crisis at Mthatha Medical Depot and to save patients’ lives. Issued by: The BEMF, RHAP, TAC, RuDASA, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society and MSF. Date: 28 November 2012 The Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF), the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) ...

RHAP Launches New Project: Rural Proofing Policy and Budgeting Programme

On Tuesday the 20th November, the RHAP will hold its first Working Group Meeting of the Rural-Proofing and Budgeting Programme. This new project aims to advocate for improved access to quality health care services in rural South Africa through more equitable and effective planning and financing of rural health services. Programme objectives are ...

RHAP a TOP 5 Finalist for the One Africa Award

“While its offices may be in downtown Johannesburg, RHAP works for the rights of South Africa’s rural citizens to access affordable, quality healthcare in their home districts. In its short existence, RHAP has become the de facto source for the most innovative policies and practices to improve rural healthcare and while at it, has g ...

RHAP receives the Wits Team Academic Citizenship Award 2012.

On the 20th of October, the RHAP was jointly awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Citizenship Team Award for 2012. Academic citizenship refers to an individual or team’s cooperative involvement in the community of their Faculty, the University, the wider national community, and the international community of scholars, in deliverin ...