Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

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 ...

Building consensus on key priorities for rural health care in South Africa using the Delphi technique.

In 2010 the RHAP embarked on a process of defining the key priorities for rural health care using a technique that involves consensus building among experts in rural health. The research project has now been published in a special issue of Global Health Action. In the publication we conclude that specific policies and strategies are required to ...

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 ...