Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

The National Health Assembly, held at the University of the Western Cape from 24 – 26 June brought together organisations and individuals from all provinces in South Africa and beyond. The NHA participants identified the following issues around health and health care provision in South Africa: the need for community participation including heal ...

NHI White Paper Submission by Rural Partners Network: “THINK RURAL”!

The South African government is currently embarking on one of its most ambitious transformation projects of the last 20 years. The introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) has the potential to fundamentally shift how the provision of health care is funded, how the system is structured and how services are accessed. The NHI could, if ...

Report on Rural Health Imbizo in Dr RSM District, NW Province, 21 May 2016

On 21 May the RHAP together with RuDASA hosted a rural health imbizo in one of the most rural districts in the country, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati (Dr RSM) District in North West Province. Over 100 community members from around 14 villages attended the Imbizo, some represented NGO’s operating in the area, others represented community health work ...
Strengthening rural health placements for medical students: Lessons for South Africa from international experience

Strengthening rural health placements for medical students: Lessons for South Africa from international experience

By J E Doherty and I Couper. South Africa Corresponding author: J E Doherty (dohertyj@telkomsa.net) Background. This article published in the SAMJ, May 2016, derives lessons from international experience of innovative rural health placements for medical students. It provides pointers for strengthening South African undergraduate rural health pr ...
When Should I Refer to Rehabilitation Services

When Should I Refer to Rehabilitation Services

This useful overview was developed by RuRESA. Referring from a clinic: Early detection of babies and young children at risk of disability is vital to prevent lifelong problems. Complete the Road to Health Booklet fully and refer children who have any delayed development or “At risk” signs. Anyone with chronic illness or disability effecting abi ...
Medical schools selection criteria and medical students’ demographic profile.

Medical schools selection criteria and medical students’ demographic profile.

This publication in the South African Medical Journal of January 2016 presents important research findings on the current state of selection criteria and medical students’ demographic profile. It concludes that selection policies for undergraduate medical programmes aimed at redress should be continued and further refined, along with with ...