Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

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 ...

Open Letter to the Premier

Appointment of permanent HOD to EC Health Department. The Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition (ECHCAC) which consists of organisations with an interest in the improvement of the health care system in the Eastern Cape has written an Open Letter to the Premier seeking answers to why an HOD for the Eastern Cape Health Department has not be ...

Open letter RuDASA and JuDASA Circumcision Deaths

14 August 2013 RuDASA and JuDASA call for and supportn national and provincial task teams to end circumcision deaths, mutilations and abuse. As doctors from JuDASA and RuDASA we are writing to express our deep concern regarding the ongoing and predictable mutilations and deaths resulting from the initiations seasons in several provinces of the ...

RuDASA press statement

No Mountain Too High for the 2013 Rural Doctors of the Year: Celebrating Great Rural Doctors in the fields of Remote Rural Health Care and Mental Health. In a context where there are many bad-news stories, it is important that we recognise and celebrate good news. The stories of many dedicated rural doctors who provide amazing care to communiti ...

Rural Health Update no.2

Accessing the Point of Delivery at Primary Health Care level. Poor rural communities experience several barriers to fully realise their right to access quality health care. The following stand out: Accessing the point of health care delivery The quality and availability of health care at the point of delivery The acceptability of health care se ...

RuDASA and JUDASA call for an end to Initiation deaths and Mutilaions

Call for Immediate end to the predictable and avoidable annual Initiation deaths and Mutilations. In 2010, Dr. John Lazarus wrote in the South African Medical Journal: “Twenty years ago two Eastern Cape urological surgeons documented their experience with treating initiates (…), they followed up 45 consecutive patients and documented a mo ...

The RHAP hosts its first bi-annual Rural-Proofing Stakeholder Forum.

On Thursday 4 July 2013, the RHAP held the first of its bi-annual Rural-Proofing Stakeholder Forum meetings. The purpose of this meeting was to: Provide a platform for stakeholders to share their experiences in health budgeting, expenditure and the provision of services in rural areas; Share the RHAP’s progress on the rural health financing asp ...