Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

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 ...

Rural Health Update no.1

The role of clinical associates in improving access to HR4RH. The Department of Health has identified a wide range of short, medium and long-term strategies that together need to ensure, “a workforce fit for purpose to meet South Africa’s health needs”1. The development and employment of new health cadres is part of the roadma ...

New Report: Patients still at risk in Eastern Cape HIV drugs stock-outs

The Chronic Crisis: Essential drug stock-outs risk unnecessary death and drug resistance in South Africa In this update on drug supply in the Eastern Cape and other provinces, Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 show that many thousands of patients on antiretrovi ...

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 ...